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Healthcare Ethics and Law MA

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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.

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