The Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics degree from the University of Leeds allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of professional ethics, and what they mean for practitioners in the biomedical and healthcare sectors.
You’ll learn about ethical issues in medicine and healthcare practice, but you’ll also be able to specialise in areas that interest you or suit your career aspirations. You’ll study topics such as ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, autonomy and psychiatry and fair allocation of medical resources.
We’re constantly developing the course and consulting with professionals working in the field, so our courses are informed by the most recent developments in practice. But you’ll be taught by active researchers with expertise in teaching ethics across medical disciplines, giving you the chance to engage with the latest academic arguments and debates.
If you don’t have a degree, you can apply for this programme and then upgrade to the MA if you progress successfully.
The programme is designed for people who’ve never studied ethics or medical ethics, although we do also have applicants who have studied philosophy before. If you’re interested in thinking about key ethical issues in a reasoned and independent way, you’ll be able to explore big questions in the biomedical and healthcare spheres with the support of the Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre (IDEA).This course is also available to study part-time and/or online.
A postgraduate qualification in biomedical and healthcare ethics can improve your confidence in handling workplace decisions that have ethical implications. It will also allow you to improve your transferable skills such as research, analysis and oral and written communication.Many of our graduates continue with their research, whether in academic appointments at universities, PhD studies or as researchers for other organisations such as the King’s Fund. Others have gone into healthcare management, joined research or clinical ethics committees or gone on to teach medical or healthcare ethics at medical schools part-time.
This programme is similar to the MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics, except that you don’t undertake a dissertation.
In Semester 1 you’ll develop your understanding of key concepts and approaches in the study of ethics, as well as how it applies to the biomedical and healthcare fields. You’ll study developments and debates in healthcare ethics and the ethical issues at the beginning and end of life.
You’ll build on this knowledge in the following semester and apply it to the professional context, considering issues like the carer/patient relationship, consent and the roe of the conscience in professional practice. You’ll also explore questions surrounding the distribution of scarce medical resources and compulsion or coercion in cases of mental illness.If you choose to study part-time, you’ll take fewer modules each year and study over a longer period.
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If you don’t have a degree, we normally ask you to register for this programme. You can upgrade to the MA if you progress successfully.We look for your willingness and ability to think clearly and independently, as well as good writing skills, a basic understanding of philosophical ethics and any relevant experiences of ethical issues in practice.
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