Our Medical Ethics & Law MA programme focuses on the ethical and legal questions raised by medical practice and science. These include debates about conflicts between mother and foetus, physician-assisted suicide, psychiatry, the allocation of scarce medical resources, the boundaries of the market in medicine and the law and ethics of medical research. The programme was established in 1978 and constitutes an important part of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, which is the first of its kind in the UK.

Key benefits

  • In-depth philosophical analysis and the most up-to-date legal scholarship applied to a very wide range of medical issues.
  • The programme discusses controversial issues such as euthanasia and abortion with a balanced approach.
  • Supported by the UK’s first centre of Medical Law and Ethics and its distinguished team of academic staff members.

Study Details:

MA One year FT, two years PT

Module Details:

Required Modules

  • Moral Theory and Medical Ethics (20 credits) 
  • Medical Law 1 (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

Students must take 60 credits of taught law modules and 60 credits of taught ethics modules. You will choose from a range of modules that may include:

  • Ethics at the End of Life (20 credits)
  • Topics in Medical Ethics I and II (20 credits each)
  • Mental Health Ethics (20 credits)
  • Criminal Law and Mental Disorder: Doctrine and Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Mental Health Law: The Civil Context  (20 credits)
  • Medical Law 2: Negligence and Misadventure (20 credits)
  • Topics in Medical Law (20 credits)
  • Law at the End of Life (20 credits)
  • Law at the End of Life 1: Assisted Dying (20 credits)
  • Law at the End of Life 2: End of Life Decision-Making (20 credits)
  • Law and Reproduction (20 credits)


Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements:
2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline, e.g. law, medicine, philosophy, theology, social science, one of the life sciences, dentistry or nursing studies. 

Alternative qualifications:
Evidence of achievement of an academic level comparable to at least upper second class honours standard through past studies and where previous study, work or experience has made the applicant a suitable candidate, will also be considered.

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