Taught course

Medical Ethics and Law

Keele University · Centre for Professional Ethics

Entry requirements

EITHER a degree in a relevant subject OR appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience. Intercalating medical students should normally have completed the 4th year of their medical degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Advances in biomedical technology, changing moral attitudes, and developments in law, combine to generate difficult ethical, legal, policy challenges for those involved in the delivery of healthcare. This programme provides an opportunity to gain a deeper and more systematic understanding of these issues and to explore the moral problems faced by healthcare professionals and those involve in healthcare management and policy. It also aims to provide a foundation for pursuing further study at doctoral level for those interested in doing so.

The MA in Medical Ethics and Law is run by the Centre for Professional Ethics and School of Law at Keele University. It is one of England’s longest established master’s programmes in this subject area, having first been presented in 1987.

The programme is available part-time, full-time, by modular study, and by intercalation within a medical degree. It is taught in short, intensive blocks to make it accessible to those in full-time employment and from across the country and beyond.

Teaching staff also work at the forefront of research in medical ethics, which helps to give the course a contemporary edge. In the recent 2014 REF, staff from Keele's Healthcare Law and Bioethics cluster who teach on the MA were part of Keele's Philosophy submission, which was ranked first in the country for its Impact work. The impact submission was based on staff's work in the field of Biomedical ethics, with 80% of this work judged as being world-leading and the remaining 20% as being of internationally excellent.

Information for international students

Currently (15/16), applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of a qualification in English language, unless they hold a previous degree that was taught and examined in English.

Fees and funding

For advice on funding opportunities available at Keele pleasee see www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months
up to 60 months


distance learning
12 months
part time
12 months


distance learning
12 months
part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1782 734084
+44 (0)1782 734239