Taught course

Medical Ethics and Law

Institution
Keele University · Centre for Professional Ethics
Qualifications
MAPGCertPGDip

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Entry requirements

The MA in Medical Ethics and Law is open to graduates with a first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject such as medicine, nursing, law, philosophy or medical sciences, or an international equivalent.

We will also consider applicants with equivalent work experience and/or professional qualifications in healthcare.

Intercalating Medical Students

We welcome applications from undergraduate medical students who have the option to take an intercalated year. To take the MA in Medical Ethics and Law as an intercalated year, you must normally have completed the fourth year of a medical degree. To ensure the course is completed within one year, you must study the MA in Medical Ethics and Law as a full time student.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Advances in biomedical technology, changing moral attitudes and developments in the law combine to generate difficult ethical, legal, policy challenges for those involved in the delivery of healthcare. This programme will provide an opportunity for you to gain a deeper and more systematic understanding of these issues and to explore the moral problems faced by healthcare practitioners as well as those involved in healthcare management and policy.

Information for international students

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests.

Students who have graduated from a country where English is the first language and the degree was taught and assessed in English are not normally required to take an IELTS or other English language test.

If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes to help you reach the required level of English.

During your degree programme you can study additional English language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    flexible
    Up to 60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    flexible
    Up to 60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    flexible
    Up to 60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    The MA in Medical Ethics and Law consists of four 30-credit taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation. Teaching for the four taught modules is delivered in short intense blocks, enabling those in full-time employment to fit part-time study around the demands of their work wherever they are based. Each student is assigned a personal supervisor whom they can contact for help or advice at any time during the course. Part-time students take the four taught modules in year 1 and the dissertation in year 2. The part time programme requires only 13 days attendance in year 1 (an Induction Day and four 3-day intensive teaching blocks) and two days in Year 2 ( a Research Methods Study Day in October and a Presentations Workshop in March). Many second year students find it useful to come to Keele more frequently, to meet their supervisors, attend talks by visiting speakers, and use other university facilities. Others, especially those who live some distance away, prefer to keep in touch via email or phone, or use a combination of methods. Full-time students including intercalating medical students complete the whole programme in one year, writing the dissertation alongside the taught modules. Modular students can spread the taught modules over up to four years, taking the dissertation in the fifth year. The Semester 1 modules must normally be completed before the Semester 2 modules. Students who do not wish to complete the entire MA programme may exit after completing the taught modules. Successful completion of all four taught modules (120 credits) leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Ethics and Law; while successful completion any two taught modules (60 credits) leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Ethics and Law.

Course contact details

Name
Dr Kirsty Moreton
Email
k.moreton@keele.ac.uk