Course overview

  • Pursue a flexible and interdisciplinary course which covers both healthcare ethics and law.
  • Develop your interest in healthcare ethics and law, both from a UK and global perspective.
  • Flexible, online course with no requirement to attend classes on campus.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Course Level:

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)


CODE 12015

How long it takes:

18 months (part-time)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Course unit details

You will be required to complete 120 credits comprised of taught course units (each of 15 or 30 credits value) over two years.

The core course units are:

  • Philosophical Bioethics (30 credits)
  • Medico-Legal Problems (30 credits)
  • International Issues in Healthcare Ethics and Law (30 credits)

You must also choose optional   course units to a total value of 30 credits from the following list:



Medicine, Law and Society (15 credits)

Mental Health Law and Policy (15 credits)


Research Ethics (15 credits)

Ethics Genetics and Genomics (15 credits)

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
Philosophical Bioethics (Distance-Learning) CSEP60103 30 Mandatory
Medico-Legal Problems (Distance Learning) CSEP60113 30 Mandatory
International Issues in Health Care Law and Ethics (Distance Learning) CSEP60293 30 Mandatory
Research Ethics CSEP60033 15 Optional
Ethics, Genetics and Genomics CSEP60043 15 Optional
Mental Health Law and Policy CSEP60243 15 Optional
Medicine, Law & Society CSEP60253 15 Optional

Academic entry qualification overview

You must hold a minimum Lower Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject (eg medicine, law, philosophy, nursing, religious studies).

In exceptional circumstances, candidates who do not have a first degree, but can demonstrate professional competence, may be admitted on the Postgraduate Diploma course.

There may be an opportunity to upgrade to the MA/LLM in Healthcare Ethics and Law. A decision as to whether transfer can take place will be made once marks for all taught components are available. Transfer is dependent upon you reaching master’s level in the taught course units.


English language

  • IELTS – overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Newcastle is 0757.
  • Pearson – overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66

Scores are valid for 2 years.

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,167 per annum
    International students (per annum): £6,334 per annum


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in medical, legal and ethical fields.