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PGDip Healthcare Ethics and Law

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18 months

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Ethics Medical Ethics Health Studies Law / Legal Studies

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Course Summary

Who this course is for

Whether you are a healthcare professional, work in law and regulation or are a graduate with an interest in healthcare ethics and law, our range of courses will enable you to develop your understanding of these fields and support your professional development. The masters' courses are also a stepping stone for those considering studying for a PhD.

What you will learn

Studying one of our courses will help you to develop your understanding of ethical and legal issues in a range of real-world scenarios, and a diverse range of contexts. Whether it's allocating healthcare resources, protecting patients' rights, handling patients' consent, matters relating to prolonging life, or issues around reproductive choices, our courses will help you develop your understanding and enhance your decision-making.

Throughout your studies we offer you the opportunity to discuss these topics with your fellow professionals as well as the course tutors, in order to further your analysis of the issues involved.

Where and when you will study

Study one of our courses from anywhere in the world and at a time that suits you. The online nature of our courses means you can combine a world-class Manchester education with work and other personal commitments.

From the moment you register your interest, and throughout your studies you'll receive the support you’ll need to excel and complete your studies, building a network of peers along the way.

How it will benefit your career

  • Receive the highest quality of teaching in healthcare ethics and healthcare law with an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge needed to apply ethical and legal approaches to real-world scenarios.
  • Develop your skills in understanding and presenting clear, robust and defendable arguments in response to complex, ethical and legal questions.


Can healthcare ethics be 'global'? Ethical and legal issues raised by global concerns such as public health and healthcare tourism. The role of international law in regulating in areas including biotechnology and organ donation.

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Entry requirements

You must hold a minimum Lower Second (2.2) class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject (eg medicine, law, philosophy, nursing, religious studies). In exceptional circumstances, candidates who do not have a first degree, but can demonstrate professional competence, may be admitted on the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) course. There may be an opportunity to upgrade to the MA/LLM in Healthcare Ethics and Law. A decision as to whether transfer can take place will be made once marks for all taught components are available. Transfer is dependent upon you reaching master's level in the taught course units.