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Degree awarded
Master of Arts
Duration
12 months full-time, 24 or 27months part-time
Entry requirements

MA applicants must hold a minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. 

In exceptional circumstances candidates who do not have first degree, but who can demonstrate professional competence, may be admitted on the Postgraduate Diploma course.

Candidates without a first degree may register initially for the Postgraduate Diploma and will be considered for transfer to the MA.  A decision as to whether transfer can take place will be made once marks for all taught components are available.  Transfer is dependent upon the student reaching Master's level in the taught modules.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online 

The deadline to apply is the 15 th of August 2014 . However, we strongly advise that you apply as soon as possible in order to be guaranteed a place on the course.

Course options

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Course description

The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law programme aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way.  There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals and those in related fields.  Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

Open days

The Postgraduate Open Day will take place in November 2014 on campus. Please check our website for details.

The School of Law will be represented at the Law Fair at Manchester Central on the 18 th of November 2014 from 12.30 to 4pm, if you wish to speak to us on the informal basis.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,300
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,150
    International students (per annum): £7,000
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,200
    International students (per annum): £9,333
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,100
    International students (per annum): £4,666

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Law
Contact name
Ms Edita Kavaliauskaite
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 1270
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 4724
Email
Website
www.law.manchester.ac.uk

Academic department overview

See: About Us.

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

MA applicants must hold a minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. 

In exceptional circumstances candidates who do not have first degree, but who can demonstrate professional competence, may be admitted on the Postgraduate Diploma course.

Candidates without a first degree may register initially for the Postgraduate Diploma and will be considered for transfer to the MA.  A decision as to whether transfer can take place will be made once marks for all taught components are available.  Transfer is dependent upon the student reaching Master's level in the taught modules.

English language

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold IELTS 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 7, or an equivalent score in the IBT- TOEFL, PEARSON, or Cambridge CAE.

It is also recommended that applicants with 6.5 in IELTS attend pre-sessional English language courses at the University. Depending on your score in the writing component, we will offer you a place on a 20 weeks, 10 weeks or 5 weeks course. Booking deadlines apply.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

How to apply

Apply online 

The deadline to apply is the 15 th of August 2014 . However, we strongly advise that you apply as soon as possible in order to be guaranteed a place on the course.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Transfers

 The School of Law does not accept transfer students.

Course description

The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law programme aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way.  There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals and those in related fields.  Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

Aims

The MA in Health Care Ethics & Law programme aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way.  There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields.  Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the two 30 credit Core course units.  In addition, MA students must submit a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits).  Those students who do not achieve success in the MA may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. 

Students who do not achieve success in the Postgraduate Diploma may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics or the Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Law . 

The awards of the MA or Postgraduate Diploma are classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction.  The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded unclassified.

Course unit details

Students will be required to complete three Core course units and three Options.  The Core course units are:

  • Philosophical Bioethics (30 credits)
  • Medico-Legal Problems (30 credits)
  • Ethico-Legal Problems in Health Care Practice (15 credits)

Students should choose their three Options from among the following (15 credit) course units, as available:

  • Children Medicine and the Law
  • Medicine, Law and Society
  • Mental Health Law and Policy
  • Ethics and Genetics
  • Research Ethics

Details of options and course units available can be found on the Faculty of Humanities website.

Subject to availability, students have a free choice among the Options. Students take course units to a total of 120 credits.  This credit total can be split in one of two ways: (1) 60 credits in each of the two semesters; or (2) 75 credits in semester one and 45 credits in semester two.

MA students must also successfully complete a dissertation by independent research of 12,000-15,000 words (60 credits), which is undertaken over the summer months of the programme (June-September).

Scholarships and bursaries

Graduates of the Manchester School of Law who will be self-funding their postgraduate study will be eligible for the School's Alumni Bursary Scheme, whereby students receive a Loyalty discount on their annual tuition fees when they register for the programme.  

We also offer a number of postgraduate bursaries, for terms and conditions please go to http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding/index.html

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both Medical, Legal and Ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in Medico-Legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of healthcare professionals.