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Healthcare Ethics and Law (Distance Learning) MA

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Degree awarded
Master of Arts
24 or 27 months part-time (September start)
Entry requirements

MA applicants must hold a minimum Upper Second Class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject (e.g. medicine, law, philosophy, nursing, religious studies). 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

Number of places/applicants
Due to the high volume of interest in the programme, you are encouraged to make your application as soon as possible.
How to apply

Apply online  

The deadline to apply is 15 August 2015 . However, we strongly advise that you apply as soon as possible in order to be guaranteed a place on the course. 

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/Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics & Law is provided by the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy of The School of Law.

Intakes are in September of each year.

No attendance is required at the University.

Students on the MA complete 5 course units and an independent research dissertation.

This programme aims to provide the highest quality training in healthcare ethics and health law.

Students will gain 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.

Although no attendance at the University is required for this programme, we do encourage all students to attend Study Days that are held each year, as a way of meeting both staff and fellow students involved in the programme.  Students are also encouraged to participate in online discussion groups.

Students are also provided with one-to-one tutorial support from staff at the Centre via email, telephone or on campus throughout the programme.

Open days

The School of Law will be represented at the Law Fair at Manchester Central on 18 November 2014 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 18 March 2015 on campus. Please check our website for details.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £3,250 per annum
    International students: £14,500 over two years
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £2,166 per annum
    International students: £9,666 over two years

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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