Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3170: Medical Ethics and Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Timon Hughes-Davies (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will introduce you to some of the key ethical and legal concepts that apply in medical law and consider, in depth, how those concepts are applied in specific areas, such as abortion, assisted dying and mental health.  In Term 1, you will be introduced to the ethical principles that underpin the law, including the concepts of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice, and how those principles are applied in a legal context in important areas such as confidentiality and informed consent.  In Term 2, you will examine some of the most important areas of medical ethics and law in depth, such as mental health law, the law and ethics of abortion and surrogacy and the law and ethics of assisted dying.

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