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Healthcare Ethics and Law (Intercalated) MSc

Healthcare Ethics and Law (Intercalated) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Medical Ethics Law (Specific Statutes)

Course type


Course Summary

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; be able to 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 will be mainly by means of interactive lecture. Each module will be taught in 2-hour teaching blocks; these are run as a hybrid of traditional lecture and discussion. Students will be encouraged to play an active role in these lectures. Additionally, students will 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.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The aims of the course unit are: To provide a detailed and advanced understanding of the law relating to the field of healthcare and its relationship to bioethics; To enable students to understand the impact of the law on patients, practitioners and society; To provide a sound base of knowledge and skills for students to apply in the remainder of the postgraduate programme; To develop students' capacity for critical analysis and logical thinking and to encourage independent learning and commitment to scholarship; To develop a general range of transferable and generic skills in problem-solving and reasoning, computer literacy, time management and teamwork, written and oral communication.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The course is open to all medical students from UK medical schools who have completed three years of undergraduate study (subject to approval by the relevant medical school).