Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15000
    Tuition (Year)
    6000
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The MA in Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics at University of Leeds offers a rigorous grounding in health care ethics and biomedical ethics, provided by tutors from the Centre with expertise in teaching ethics in medical disciplines. Students learn about the ethical issues that arise across all areas of medicine and health care practice, and can specialise in areas of particular interest.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The Health Care Ethics Masters programme was established at the University of Leeds in 1991, and more than two hundred students have taken the course. On average, at least 15% of students achieve a distinction (the highest available classification for their degree) each year, and this is reflected in the wide range of careers that graduates have pursued.

This Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics degree is offered by University of Leeds.

The programme is also available by online distance learning.

The MA is also available as an Intercalated degree for students from Medicine and Dentistry.

The success of this MA was one of the reasons for establishing our Centre, and teaching on the course draws on our research expertise. Members of the teaching team have been involved in major research projects (including a £240,000 EU-funded project in biomedical ethics) and have produced a wide range of publications in ethics and medical ethics.

Who is this course for?

The MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics is aimed primarily at health care professionals, although it also attracts graduates from philosophy and associated disciplines.

The programme is particularly suitable as continuing professional development (CPD), and most of our students study part-time whilst working (the course can be taken on a full-time basis).

Participants have included hospital doctors (usually consultants or registrars), GPs, nurses in all specialties, lawyers and business people. Others have come from backgrounds in pharmacy, counselling, therapy work, community care services, health care administration, social work, chaplaincy work, psychology, teaching, and work with the handicapped. Others still have had experience sitting on research ethics committees. In addition, there have been a number of philosophy, biosciences and social sciences graduates. Students have come from India, Canada, Belgium and South Africa, as well as from the UK.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules
  • Reason, Virtues and Obligation
  • Ethical Issues at the Beginning of Life
  • Ethical Issues at the End of Life
  • Conscience, Codes and Professional Issues
  • Autonomy, Rationality and Psychiatric Issues
  • Distributive Justice and Scare Medical Resources
  • Current developments in Health Care ethics
  • Health Care Ethics: Dissertation

Audience

The MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics is aimed primarily at health care professionals, although it also attracts graduates from philosophy and associated disciplines.

The programme is particularly suitable as continuing professional development (CPD), and most of our students study part-time whilst working (the course can be taken on a full-time basis).

Participants have included hospital doctors (usually consultants or registrars), GPs, nurses in all specialties, lawyers and business people. Others have come from backgrounds in pharmacy, counselling, therapy work, community care services, health care administration, social work, chaplaincy work, psychology, teaching, and work with the handicapped. Others still have had experience sitting on research ethics committees. In addition, there have been a number of philosophy, biosciences and social sciences graduates. Students have come from India, Canada, Belgium and South Africa, as well as from the UK.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
      Weekday, Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits

    To gain the MA students need to complete 180 credits. The course is made up of seven taught modules (6 x 15 credits, and 1 x 30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
      Self-paced
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
  • More information Go To The Course Website

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Academic Requirements

The course is designed for those coming to the study of ethics or medical ethics for the first time. Candidates should normally be graduates or holders of an equivalent qualification. Where a candidate is not a graduate, relevant professional experience is taken into account.

The key attributes sought are a willingness and ability to think through problems in a reasoned and independent way. We also seek a very basic grasp of what philosophical ethics is, evidence of commitment to its study, writing skills, and evidence of any relevant experience of ethical issues arising in practice. While some students who come on the course have already studied philosophy formally, previous study of philosophy is not a requirement.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language need to meet the University’s minimum requirements for English language proficiency. For full details of the University’s policy on English language requirements, including details of exemptions and a full list of acceptable qualifications, please see the University’s Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy.

It is University policy that students lacking a first degree are normally registered for the postgraduate diploma in the first instance, with a view to upgrading to the masters programme where appropriate, and subject to satisfactory progress.

Application Requirements

All applicants need to submit all of the following:

  • Online application form
  • Degree certificates and transcripts of all relevant qualifications
  • Two academic references
  • Application essay (1000-1500 words)
  • If relevant, evidence of English language test scores

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15000 International
  • GBP 6000 EU/EEA

Funding

To encourage and enable medical professionals to develop their expertise in ethics we are offering four bursaries of £1,000 to students on either the MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics or the MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics (Online). Two bursaries will be awarded per programme.

Eligibility

Current and former medical staff who apply to the Masters and Postgraduate Diploma degrees in Biomedical and Health Care Ethics (either online or campus-based) are eligible to apply. Preference may be given to clinical staff.

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