This established MA course equips you with the skills to assess the ethical, legal, social and spiritual aspects of advances in medicine and related technologies.

Why study Bioethics and Medical Law?

Whether you realise it or not bioethics is relevant to all our lives. Even if we never work in healthcare it touches us when we are most vulnerable – when we or those we care for are unwell.
Almost every day, it seems some new ethical dilemma appears in the news; whether to do with assisted dying, stem cell therapies or three-parent IVF, resource allocation, nanotechnologies, human cloning or health and climate change. Having a greater understanding of the issues involved can enable more in-depth public engagement.

Reflection on the ethical principles that underlie medical and allied practice is an important part of continuing career development for healthcare professionals.

Ethics and values are becoming central themes in many boardrooms and planning meetings across all sectors of life. From civic leadership to business, from politics to healthcare, new developments in medicine, biotech, genetics and other sciences are stretching traditional ethical understanding to the limit.

If you are working in any of these areas, or aspire to in the future, the MA in Bioethics and Medical Law is an excellent way to be equipped to play your part.

Study Details:

MA/PGDip/PGCert 1 year full-time

Module Details:

  • Human Beings and Human Action
  • Ethical issues at the beginning of life
  • Ethical issues at the end of life
  • Bioethics and Medical Law
  • Patients, Professionals and Society
  • Religious Bioethics and Faith in the Public Square
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

Student Destinations

Institutions are increasingly being called to account for their decisions and procedures, and reflection on the ethical principles that underlie practice is an important part of CPD for healthcare professionals.

This degree is, therefore, a very flexible qualification to have. It offers something unique for your CV: our students find the course a distinguishing asset when applying for jobs in medicine, nursing and allied health care professions, as well as in education and law.

The degree provides a strong foundation anyone wishing to pursue undertake a PhD. Previous graduates have gone on to study for doctorates across the globe. Several past students are currently on the national bioethics bodies for their home countries.


Home/EU: £7,580 International: £13,650

Entry Requirements

Students are normally required to achieve a 2:2 degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

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