Taught course

Healthcare Ethics

University of Brighton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Normally an undergraduate degree or equivalent. Appropriate accredited modules completed as part of other masters degrees (or their recognised equivalent) are taken into consideration in judging which elements, if any, need not be completed. Prior learning will also be accredited as appropriate. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 7.0 overall and 6.5 in writing.

Months of entry


Course content

This masters course interrogates the traditional approaches to and boundaries of ethics with a focus on the application and practice of moral philosophy.


The Idea of Caring

  • Caring
  • Feminist ethics
  • Advocacy and autonomy
  • The client/health professional relationship
  • Inter-professional and inter-disciplinary relationships
  • Duties, rights and responsibilities
  • Beneficence and non-malfeasance
  • Truth
  • Dignity and privacy
  • Virtue theories

Legal Perspectives on Health

  • English legal systems and methods – scope, source and types of law
  • How to study law – searching and utilising legal sources: primary, secondary, European and comparative law
  • The relationship of law and ethics
  • Human rights and responsibilities
  • Rights, equality and diversity in health service
  • Accountability and professional regulation
  • Malpractice litigation
  • Informed consent and capacity
  • Confidentiality and disclosure
  • Issues of mental health, children and young people
  • End of life, human tissue regulation, as relevant to learners

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 - 72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 - 72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 - 72 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100
Dissertation (20000 words)

Course contact details

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