PGDip Healthcare Ethics and Law Postgraduate Diploma / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course description

Our PGDip in Healthcare Ethics and Law aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way.

There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real-world situations, catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals and those in related fields.

You will gain expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them in the real world, in a diverse range of contexts.

By choosing the PGDip, you will be required to complete the structure of the taught component of the MA and LLM, but will not be required to write a dissertation.


  • Provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law with an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Place an emphasis on the application of moral and legal theory to real-world scenarios, catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals.
  • Give you the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories.
  • Secure you with the skills needed to apply theory to real-world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

Teaching and learning

Teaching tends to defy the traditional boundaries associated with lectures and seminars.

Generally, each class in a course unit has a duration of 2 or 3 hours per week, and is split roughly between a formal, didactic period and a structured discussion period (most often based on the so-called challenge-response model).

Nevertheless, each class is considered a seminar or lecture, and attendance of all classes of a course unit for which a student is enrolled is compulsory. For course units of 15 credit value, there will generally be 15 hours of face-to-face teaching throughout the semester in which the unit is delivered, and twice that amount for 30 credit units.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 6,000 words for the three 30 credit core course units.

Course unit details

You will be required to complete 120 credits comprised of taught course units (each of 15 or 30 credits value).

The core course units are:

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

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


Medicine, Law and Society (15 credits)

Mental Health Law and Policy (15 credits)


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 CSEP60201 30 Mandatory
Medico-Legal Problems CSEP60211 30 Mandatory
Research methods and methodologies for bioethics and law CSEP60022 15 Optional
Mental Health Law and Policy CSEP60102 15 Optional
Ethics & Genetics and Genomics CSEP60192 15 Optional
Global Health Law and Bioethics CSEP60222 15 Optional
Research Ethics CSEP60312 15 Optional
Medicine, Law and Society CSEP60962 15 Optional
Children, Medicine and the Law CSEP60972 15 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers a number of awards for students applying for master's study. To find out more, please visit our master's funding opportunity search page .


At The University of Manchester Law School, you are supported by the first-class resources you would expect of a top law school.

In addition to the networked study spaces at the Williamson Building, you can also access The University of Manchester Library , which houses a substantial collection of law books and periodicals, as well as texts to support you.

Disability support

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