MSc Healthcare Ethics and Law (Intercalated) / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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At Manchester, we provide the highest quality of education in healthcare ethics and healthcare law for you.
This course compliments your medical degree, giving you the opportunity to study the in-depth moral and legal issues that you will face as a medic or researcher.
While identifying the ethical and legally problematic aspects of practice, you will learn to formulate ethically acceptable solutions in challenging circumstances.
On completion of the course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the principles of medical ethics and law, and will have developed a full conceptual toolkit that has been informed by both disciplines.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Apply the concepts you have learned to real-world situations, both familiar and unforeseen.
- Identify the ethically and legally problematic aspects of practice; and be able to suggest ways to minimise, solve, or avoid those problems.
- You 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.
Teaching and learning
Teaching will be mainly by interactive lecture. Each course unit will be taught in two-hour teaching blocks; these are run as a hybrid of traditional lecture and discussion.
You will be encouraged to play an active role in these lectures. Additionally, you have the opportunity to attend weekly papers on current research and developments in the field given by either members of staff or a visiting speaker.
During the course, you will be expected to complete six taught course units and a dissertation. All taught units are to be assessed by an essay of 4,000 words (for course units to the value of 15 credits) or assignments totalling 6,000 words (for course units to the value of 30 credits).
The dissertation will be between 10,000-12000 words. This dissertation will represent a major piece of independent research and you will be able to present your own papers to the rest of your cohort based on your dissertation as it progresses during semester two.
Coursework and assessment
All taught course units will be assessed by written coursework, which allows for extended argument and analysis. Some semester one units require two pieces of work; for these, the deadlines will be in November and January.
The deadline for semester one courses assessed by one piece of coursework, will be January. The semester two deadline will be in May/June. Assessment by coursework alone will allow for extended analysis and argument.
The dissertation will be submitted in August (just prior to resuming your medical studies).
Course unit details
You are required to sit six taught course units. Two of the assessed taught units are compulsory; the remaining four will be chosen from a range of optional units (although the range of available units will vary according to staff availability).
Optional units will have a value of 15 credits each. Subject to alteration, we would expect these to cover topics such as:
- Global Health, Law, and Bioethics;
- Children, Medicine and the Law;
- Medicine, Law and Society;
- Mental Health Law and Policy;
- Research Ethics;
- Ethics and Genetics.
You will also be required to complete a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words on a topic of your choice. This gives you an opportunity to define and defend a precise and sophisticated position. It is not unknown for intercalating students to use their dissertations as the basis for papers that appear in international peer-reviewed journals.
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.
|Mental Health Law and Policy||CSEP60102||15||Optional|
|Ethics & Genetics and Genomics||CSEP60192||15||Optional|
|Global Health Law and Bioethics||CSEP60222||15||Optional|
|Medicine, Law and Society||CSEP60962||15||Optional|
|Children, Medicine and the Law||CSEP60972||15||Optional|
Scholarships and bursaries
There is a range of funding opportunities for students continuing their education with a taught postgraduate master's course.
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 access The University of Manchester Library , which houses a substantial collection of law books and periodicals, as well as texts to support you.