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About the course

This flexible Master's - the only University-accredited Law and Ethics course specifically designed for dental professionals - offers you a seamless progression from our highly regarded PgCert Dental Law and Ethics. It combines intensive study days with supported online learning.

The first of its kind in the UK our Dental Law and Ethics MA builds your overall knowledge of the fundamental concepts and theories of law and ethics as well as exploring how they are applied in practice. Encompassing both clinical and business settings it provides you with the opportunity to examine your own practice particularly when it comes to enhancing patient care and delivering excellent service.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Master’s level

At the Postgraduate Diploma stage you study how the law is made and the links between law morality and human rights. You also explore the concepts that shape your understanding of management and leadership for staff and organisational development.

At the final Master’s stage you move to greater levels of independence undertaking a supervised research project related to legal and/or ethical issues in dental practice.

Why choose this course?

  • Develop insights into the impact of legal and ethical considerations on everyday decision-making in a practice setting
  • Gain an understanding of ways to address patient safety issues and how you can develop and manage your dental team
  • Benefit from a supervised project that provides an opportunity to engage in independent research and development

Interested in the course? Please make sure you submit your application by 1 July 2024.

Course schedule

The PgDip Dental Law and Ethics includes 2 units, over two semesters.*

For students who have completed their PgCert units (total 60 credits) in Dental Law and Ethics and wish to progress.

Time Location Date
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Monday 23/9/2024
10:00 - 1:00 Online Friday 11/10/2024
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Thursday 7/11/2024
10:00 – 1:00 Online Monday 25/11/2024


Time Location Date
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Thursday 30/1/2025
10:00 - 1:00 Online Monday 10/2/2025
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Friday 7/3/2025
10:00 – 1:00 Online Thursday 20/3/2025

The final year of the MA Dental Law and Ethics includes 2 units, over three semesters.*

For students who have completed their PgCert and PgDip units (total 120 credits) in Dental Law and Ethics and wish to progress.

Time Location Date
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Wednesday 25/9/2024
10:00 - 1:00 Online Thursday 17/10/2024
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Tuesday 12/11/2024
10:00 – 1:00 Online Friday 29/11/2024


Time Location Date
10:00 - 12:00 Online Friday 31/1/2025
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Tuesday 25/2/2025
10:00 - 4:00 Bedford campus Monday 28/4/2025

*All units are core, face to face contact takes place at Bedford campus, exact teaching rooms will be communicated via our online system (BREO) – dates may be subject to minor changes

Get in touch

For more information please contact the course lead Dr Hoda Wassif via email

Course Leader - Dr Hoda Wassif - Associate Professor in Medical & Dental Education

I am a Principal Lecturer in Medical & Dental Education and Portfolio Lead Pre-Professional & Continuing Health Education Portfolio, part of the School of Nursing and Health Education.

As portfolio lead, I offer academic leadership and support related to a range of courses in Pre-Professional and Continuing Health Education including; Advanced Nursing Practice, Nursing Associates, short courses in health systems as well as Medical & Dental Education.

What will you study?

Dental Law In Practice

This unit aims to: 

·         Provide you with a comprehensive overview of aspects of the law as they relate to dental care and practice 

·         Enable you to adopt a critical, analytical and reflective stance towards ‘dental’ law and its’ application 

·         Develop an awareness of the risk associated with legal issues and recognise how it can be managed through the dental team

Ethical Dental Practice

This unit aims to: 

- provide you with a comprehensive overview of selected ethical issues relating to the provision of high-quality dental care 

- enable you to enhance your analytical and reflective stance towards ethics and values in relation to dentistry 

- further develop awareness and anticipation of ethical dilemmas that may arise and impact upon patient care 


Law And Ethics, Concepts And Theories

This unit aims to:

·         Provide you with knowledge of fundamental concepts, principles and ideas of law and ethics;

·         Enable you to adopt a critical and analytical stance towards law and ethics and how they interlink;

Provide you with the critical skills to identify and evaluate current and future ethical and legal challenges

Regulating The Dental Teams

This unit addresses the central question of how dental practices are regulated as an organisation capable of delivery safe dental care as well as supporting the development of all members of the inter-professional team to the relevant General Dental Council (GDC) Standards.

This unit is relevant for those who manage teams and dental businesses as it explores ways to develop individuals, teams, and those within the wider organisations in which you operate. The unit pays special attention to how you can comply with different set of regulations as well as legal and ethical guidance that govern the profession. The unit also considers how to enhance team development to ensure a high quality, professional and ethical service. 

The unit has a particular focus on three of the four domains for professional practice identified by the General Dental Council, these being: communication, professionalism, management and leadership. In particular, the unit aims to explore ways in which dental care professionals work together with others ethically, collaboratively and professionally as an effective dental team.

The aims can be summarised as 

Critically exploring the concepts that shape, govern and regulate the dental teams in the context of ever changing legal and ethical frameworks and quality assurance requirements. 

Developing a range of skills, knowledge and attributions for promoting workforce behaviours best aligned to professional values and the characteristics of learning organisations whilst always making the safety and high quality care of patients the first concern. 

Providing opportunities for you to develop your academic literacies, including critical reading, academic and reflective writing aligned to Masters’ level requirements      

Understanding your duty of care to protect staff from work-related stress and burnout and promote wellbeing at work, and support the wellbeing and resilience of your employees and wider colleagues

Research Project Dissertation

The unit aims:

- To enhance literature searching and critical appraisal skills.
- To develop the ability to critique relevant research methodologies and study design. 

- To enable students to develop and conduct a small individual research project in their own field, either in Medical/Dental Education or in Dental Law and Ethics.


Introduction To Research Methods

This unit addresses and responds to the central question:

What is the nature of ‘evidence’ in medical & dental education as well as dental law & ethics and how does this shape approaches to research in these disciplines. 

The unit provides opportunities to:

- Explore and critique the assumptions underpinning quantitative and qualitative paradigms, judging their fitness for purpose in the context of published research and your own practice

- Design and implement a literature search strategy in order to develop your skills in literature synthesis and critique

-  Appreciate the ways which particular methodologies and methods are aligned with each other, leading you to a) adopt an informed, critical stance to published research and b) ensure careful alignment of research question, methodology and methods in your own future research and c) be able to construct a research proposal.

- Understand the importance of ethics in health-related research and key ethical issues to critically consider in your research project.

How will you be assessed?

You will have an opportunity to tailor assessment tasks in ways that allow you to deal with real issues you encountered in your professional lives. Tutor support for assessment activities is provided. This course is designed to address the various needs of those who are relatively new to dental practice as well as those who are more experienced.


This course is designed to develop the skills and practices of dental care professionals with an interest in legal and ethical dental practice. After completing the course you will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of the wide range of legal and ethical concepts and issues that directly or indirectly impact patient care. Your expertise will allow you to present your ideas and opinions in a structured planned and supported way.

As a graduate in this field you can enhance your legal role in dental practice (such as practice manager or clinical lead); indemnity organisations; primary care organisations; or as an expert witness to legal firms.

Entry Requirements

2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a related subject area

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £10,000 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

International 2024/25

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £15,600

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

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