Taught course

Bioethics and Medical Law

St Mary's University, Twickenham, London · St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry, students are normally required to have a 2:1 degree from a UK university or equivalent, in a relevant subject at honours level, or a professional qualification in teaching, medicine or law. Students without such qualifications may be admitted provided that they can satisfy the Programme Director that they have sufficient experience of and aptitude for academic study for Masters Level. Such applicants will be required to provide a portfolio of suitable work and experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Bioethics is relevant to all our lives. Even if we never work in healthcare it touches us when we are most vulnerable - when we or those we care for are unwell.

Whether assisted dying, stem cell therapies or three-parent IVF, bioethics is also often in the news and having a greater understanding of the issues involved can enable more in-depth public engagement.

Reflection on the ethical principles that underlie medical and allied practice is an important part of continuing career development for healthcare professionals. Almost every day, it seems some new ethical dilemma appears in the news; whether to do with stem cell research, assisted suicide, resource allocation, nanotechnologies, human cloning or health and climate change.

It is often said, "bioethics is moral philosophy done badly".

At St Mary's our multidisciplinary team of ethics experts with backgrounds in law, medicine, philosophy and theology ensure that every student has a chance to gain a thorough understanding of the grounding of ethical principles and their application.

The success of our students - in completing PhDs, getting papers published and advancing their careers in biomedical ethics and related fields - bears out the effectiveness of this approach.

Information for international students

Please contact international@stmarys.ac.uk for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
6 months
part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations7
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation33 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Trevor Stammers
020 8240 4310
020 8240 4255