Bioethics and Medical Law MA, PGDip, PGCert

Course Introduction

This established MA course equips you with the skills to assess the ethical, legal, social and spiritual aspects of advances in medicine and related technologies.

* Graduates now serving on their national bioethics committees.

* Both current students and graduates published regularly in peer review journals.

* There are flexible full time, or two-three year part time options with a choice of on-site or blended distance learning available.

* Priority placed on building thriving learning communities between students and lecturers.

Why study Bioethics and Medical Law?

Whether you realise it or not 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.

Almost every day, it seems some new ethical dilemma appears in the news; whether to do with assisted dying, stem cell therapies or three-parent IVF, resource allocation, nanotechnologies, human cloning or health and climate change. 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.

Aims and outcomes

* To promote respect for human dignity and the life of human beings, as understood in the Hippocratic / Judeo-Christian tradition, through the provision of a thorough academic understanding of the major issues and competing schools of contemporary bioethics.

* To contribute significantly to St Mary's University?s mission to seek to develop the whole person and empower its community to have a positive impact on the world.

* To familiarise its students with the plurality of academic and practical approaches to bioethical issues and encourage them to study all approaches with academic rigour and sensitivity.

* To promote academic enquiry into Bioethics within a Hippocratic/Judeo- Christian context with awareness of the ecumenical and inter-faith significance of cooperation in matters of justice.

* To provide healthcare professionals and those who teach ethical subjects with the intellectual resources to reflect critically on the ethical issues of modern medicine.

* To develop as a centre for dialogue and reflection for those within the Catholic Church, those of other Christian traditions and of other faiths or none, in order to explore the theme of common humanity, and hence to promote the culture of life.

Why St Mary's?

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 MA in Bioethics and Medical Law is offered both part-time (normally over two or three years) and full-time (over one year). This structure has the great benefit of flexibility, allowing you to switch between your initial decision to study for an MA, PGDip or PGCert.

Career opportunities

Institutions are increasingly being called to account for their decisions and procedures, and reflection on the ethical principles that underlie practice is an important part of continuing professional development for healthcare professionals.

An MA in Bioethics and Medical Law is therefore a very flexible and useful qualification to have. It offers a unique and distinguishing asset to have on your CV: our students find the course not only interesting in itself, but also a unique distinguishing asset when applying for jobs in medicine, nursing and allied health care professions as well as in education and law.

Start Date

2020-SEP-14: Study mode: Distance/blended learning available.. 2020-SEP-14: Study mode: Two-three year part time options. Distance/blended learning also available..

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,580 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,580 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,650 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students are normally required to achieve a 2:2 degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Alternatively, a professional qualification in teaching, medicine or law is also accepted.
  • International entry requirements: Students are normally required to achieve a 2:2 degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Alternatively, a professional qualification in teaching, medicine or law is also accepted. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).