The Fundamentals of Law and Medical Ethics

Course summary

This course examines the integral relationship between medical law and ethics, and considers the roles and relationships within the clinical setting and in a wider context. It will equip you with an understanding of foundational concepts that are central to your programme.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this you should:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories, concepts and principles in medical law and ethics;
  • apply knowledge, skills and understanding of the foundational theories, concepts and principles to critically analyse the roles and relationships within clinical and wider settings;
  • develop, well-reasoned and justified arguments in response to the issues arising from the interaction between law, ethics and medicine;
  • utilise concise, effective, cross-disciplinary communication skills to interact with colleagues from different professional backgrounds;
  • manage complex ethical and professional issues and make informed judgements on issues not addressed clearly by current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.


One essay of up to 4,000 words (60%) and a written legal scenario analysis of up to 1,000 words (40%)

Terms and conditions

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