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MA Healthcare Ethics and Law (Distance Learning)
Study healthcare ethics and law and how the two disciplines interact in a virtual learning environment.

MA Healthcare Ethics and Law (Distance Learning)

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA)
Duration
24 months (part-time)
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

How to apply

Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MA N N N Y
PGDip N N N Y

Course overview

  • Pursue an interest in familiar and unforeseen medical and ethical challenges.
  • Deepen your understanding of legal and ethical challenges in medicine.
  • Enrol in a distance learning course that offers personal support.
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Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

For more information, see Open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750 per annum
    International students (per annum): £9,250 per annum
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,167 per annum
    International students (per annum): £6,167 per annum

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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Law
Contact name
Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 1270
Email
Website
https://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/study/online-distance-learning/
School/Faculty
See: About Us .

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

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 (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.

English language

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following English language qualifications:

- IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories;

- TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories;

- Cambridge Proficiency / Advanced: minimum 185 Overall, with 185 in writing and 180 in all other sub categories;

- Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories. 

The School will also refer applicants who meet the necessary entry requirements to the University's pre-sessional English language courses . The entry requirements for these language courses are:

6 week course (PS6) - IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5, with 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other sub categories;

- 10 week course (PS10) - IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 in all other sub categories.

Booking deadlines apply.

If you have already met our academic requirements and English language requirements, a single visa may be issued covering both the pre-sessional course and the Master degree. If, however, you obtain a conditional offer and your academic results are pending you may still enrol in a pre-sessional course on a separate visa. If a separate visa is required, only UKVI-IELTS taken at UKVI approved IELTS centres globally  will be accepted for entry on to a pre-sessional English course.

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

 

We require the following documents before we can consider your application.

  • One academic reference on letter headed paper.

We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referee knows how to provide your reference to us. The reference must be submitted on official headed paper or from an official organisational email address, it can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to pg-law@manchester.ac.uk.  

*You are no longer required to complete a referee report form for this course

  • Transcripts of your studies to date, officially translated into English
  • Degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • If you are not from or did not graduate from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI we will also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Apply online

We encourage applications to be submitted by 15th June however applications submitted up to 15th September will be considered due to the learning nature of this 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 details

Course description

Katy Wilson

"I love the flexibility of the online course. It means you can fit it in around work and family commitments. I love working through the course material and the tutors are really helpful and supportive if you get stuck."

"Having come from a science background it is a completely different type of studying to what I have been used to, but the material is set out to take into account the fact that some students will not have a philosophy or legal background."

Katy Wilson / Healthcare Ethics and Law MA student

The MA Healthcare Ethics and Law aims to bring students the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals and those in related field.

Students will 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.

You will study 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.

Aims

  On successful completion of the course, students will have:
  • received the highest standard of training in healthcare ethics and law via a flexible teaching framework;
  • gained expert insight into bioethical and medico-legal theories, as well as the tools needed to apply them to real-world scenarios;
  • attained knowledge across a broad spectrum of ethical and legal subjects in depth.

Special features

Flexible, online course structure with the ongoing support of dedicated tutors to allow students to study alongside work and other commitments.

Teaching and learning

You are provided with a comprehensive set of course materials at the beginning of each course unit. These interactive specially designed materials provide an introduction to the issues and skills central to each unit and direct you to other study components such as further reading.

Each unit is supported by a virtual learning environment where you can access all course materials, online reading lists, podcasts, and the University's online library. You are encouraged to use the VLE to discuss issues raised in the course materials with your course tutor and fellow students. Tutors are also available to provide one to one support by telephone, skype, e-mail and face to face meetings. You will have access to a wide range of online resources to support your learning via the library website. An optional study day is held each year giving you an opportunity to meet tutors and colleagues face to face on campus. Students studying by distance learning are welcome to attend the regular research seminars that take place on campus during term time.

Coursework and assessment

At the end of each of the course units for our distance learning courses, you are required to submit an essay of 4,000 words (for course units to the value of 15 credits) or 6,000 words (for course units to the value of 30 credits). In addition, MA students must submit a supervised 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits). As a part-time student, you will undertake a dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that you can also extend your registration for extra 3 months to submit a dissertation in December of your second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Those students who do not achieve success in the MA may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. The award of the MA is classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction.

Course unit details

Students will be required to complete 180 credits: 120 credits comprised of taught course units (each of 15 or 30 credits value) and the independent research element (dissertation) worth 60 credits. On the distance learning course students complete 60 credits of taught course units in the first year and 60 credits in the second year, together with a dissertation of between 12,000 - 15,000 words, which is undertaken over the summer months in year 2.

The Core course units for the distance learning course are:

  • Philosophical Bioethics (30 credits)
  • Medico-Legal Problems (30 credits)
  • International Issues in Healthcare Ethics and Law (30 credits)

Students must choose optional course units to a total value of 30 credits from the following list:

Law-based: Medicine, Law & Society (15 credits); Mental Health Law & Policy (15 credits)

Ethics-based: Research Ethics (15 credits); Ethics Genetics and Genomics (15 credits)

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Philosophical Bioethics (Distance-Learning) CSEP60103 30 Mandatory
Medico-Legal Problems (Distance Learning) CSEP60113 30 Mandatory
International Issues in Health Care Law and Ethics (Distance Learning) CSEP60293 30 Mandatory
Research Ethics CSEP60033 15 Optional
Ethics, Genetics and Genomics CSEP60043 15 Optional
Mental Health Law and Policy CSEP60243 15 Optional
Medicine, Law & Society CSEP60253 15 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

The School is offering a number of awards for students applying for masters study. To find out more please visit our  Master's funding opportunity search page .

Facilities

University of Manchester School of Law students are supported by the first-class resources one expects of a top law school. In addition to the networked study spaces at the Williamson Building, students can access the University of Manchester Library, which houses a substantial collection of law books and periodicals, as well as texts to support all the degrees we offer.

As a distance-learner you will have full access to the virtual learning environment where you can access all course materials, online reading lists, podcasts, and the University's online library, as well as communicate with your classmates and tutors.

Disability support

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

Careers

Career opportunities

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Successful graduates of the MA are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in the 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 health care professionals.