Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Law (M6024)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

On this module, you will examine contemporary issues in healthcare law. These are subject to change depending on what is topical year on year but may include:

  • Parliament and the courts in the regulation of issues in healthcare law
  • developments in medically assisted reproduction
  • surrogacy
  • the regulation of abortion and arguments for decriminalisation
  • disputes over the medical treatment of children
  • use of human material
  • legal regulation of assisted suicide
  • the legality of cosmetic surgery
  • provision of innovative treatment
  • patient choice
  • effectiveness of professional self-regulation.


52%: Lecture
48%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 21 hours of contact time and about 129 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: