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Healthcare Ethics & Law MSc (Intercalated)

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
1 Year [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

The course is open to all medical students from UK medical schools who have completed three years of undergraduate study (subject to approval by the relevant medical school).

The one-year course is open to suitably qualified medical students who take a year out of their medical degree to study Health Care Ethics and Law.

Full entry requirements

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 August 2016

Course options

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

Course description

The MSc in Health Care Ethics & Law course 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.

The Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester is one of world's leading centres for the study of medical ethics and medical law.  The Intercalated MSc course is designed to provide medical students with an opportunity to study in depth the moral and legal issues that they will face as medics or researchers, and which they possibly do already face as students.  Students will, through carefully-designed lectures, discussions, and papers from visiting speakers, be introduced to the full range of ethico-legal controversies as they apply to medicine, and be encouraged to use the conceptual tools they will acquire to formulate solutions to those controversies and contribute to ongoing debates.  Students will also be required to complete a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words on a topic of their choice; this gives an opportunity to define and defend a precise and sophisticated position in respect of a given problem - and it is not unknown for past intercalating students to use their dissertations as the basis for papers that appear in international peer-reviewed journals.

The intercalated degree will be useful in career terms.  Intercalating in ethics and law offers specific advantages: notably, it demonstrates an ability to think in an inter-disciplinary way, and to be able to deal with a number of conceptual challenges.  Additionally, students who have studied ethics and law can expect to find themselves better equipped than they otherwise would have been to solve ethico-legal dilemmas that they might meet on the ward or - more importantly, perhaps - simply to spot them.  Increasingly, too, medical researchers have to demonstrate compliance with certain ethical demands, and so an intercalated degree in ethics and law ought to be useful when it comes to planning research.  Finally, studying with us should reflect interests and concerns that most people have anyway, whether they know it or not.  After all: deciding to be a medic in the first place involves deciding on what would be good to do and why - and if that's not ethics, nothing is!

On completion of the course, students should have a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of medical ethics and medical law and a full conceptual toolkit that can be applied to both disciplines.  They should be able to apply the concepts they have learned to real-world situations, both familiar and unforeseen; be able to identify the ethically and legally problematic aspects of practice; and be able to suggest ways to minimise, solve, or avoid those problems.  They will also, through the dissertation element of the course, have refined the ability to make and sustain a prolonged and sophisticated argument on a topic of interest.

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:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,500
    International students (per annum): £14,500

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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