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Healthcare Ethics and Law MA

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Degree awarded
Master of Arts
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  

For September 2016 entry, the deadline for applications will be 15 June 2016 for International applicants, and 15 August 2016 for Home/EU applicants. 

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The MA Healthcare Ethics and Law offers an expert knowledge and understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

You will cover a wide variety of ethical and legal subjects including autonomy, consent, refusal of treatment, confidentiality, the moral status of the foetus, resource allocation, genetic testing, HIV testing, medical malpractice, clinical negligence, organ and tissue transplantation, fertility treatment, genetic manipulation, research ethics, stem cell research and euthanasia.

The emphasis of this course is on the application of bioethical and legal theory, and thus caters to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals and those in related fields.

Open days

The School of Law will be represented at the Law Fair at Manchester Central on 17 November 2015 from 12.30 to 4pm, if you wish to speak to us in person on an informal basis.

The Postgraduate Taught Open Day will take place on 25 November 2015 on campus. Please check our website for details.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,700
    International students (per annum): £15,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,850
    International students (per annum): £7,750
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,133
    International students (per annum): £10,333
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,566 per annum
    International students (per annum): £5,166

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 Saba Mirshafiei
+44 (0)161 306 1270
+44 (0)161 275 4724
Academic department overview
See: About Us .

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