Study in depth the legal questions raised in the context of medicine including genetics; assisted reproduction; abortion; assisted suicide and euthanasia; advance decisions; autism; psychiatric ethics and mental health law; medical research; organ donations and the allocation of scarce resources.

Key benefits

  • 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, teaching is conducted in small seminar groups of less than 30 to encourage active student participation.

Study Details:

MA One year FT, two years PT

Module Details:

Required Modules

You will take 120 credits of Medical Law modules (see list of available modules below) and a 60 credit dissertation. Teaching is predominantly by seminar to encourage active student participation in critical enquiry.

Optional Modules
  • Mental Health Law & Criminal Justice (half-module)
  • Mental Health Law: The Civil Context
  • Moral Theory & Medical Ethics

Student Destinations

Enhancement of existing career; more specialised area of law; personal development. Many alumni go on to work in policy-related positions including positions at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Human Tissue Authority, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the Department of Health. We also have a number of alumni who have worked or are working in the BMA Ethics Department, for the GMC, Progress Educational Trust, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the King’s Fund, and medical defence societies. A number of alumni are teaching ethics and/or law in medical schools. Students who go on to doctoral-level study also find academic positions in law schools and research centres.


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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