The course aims to provide a grounding in ethics and bioethics, especially as they apply to medical practice and health policy. During the course we will explore the ethical issues surrounding clinical practice and technological advances in medicine, and consider questions such as:
These and many more difficult and important questions often have to be handled by practitioners at moments of strain or when time is at a premium. This course allows for systematic study of the foundations for ethical practice and policy. All teaching takes place at the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Centre. Student performance on the BA has been excellent with an outstanding attainment of II:1 and first-class degrees.
The BA Biomedical & Health Care Ethics aims to provide a grounding in ethics and bioethics, especially as they apply to medical practice and health policy. During the course we will explore the ethical issues surrounding clinical practice and technological advances in medicine. You will learn about the ethical issues that arise across all areas of health care practice, and have the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest.
The aim of this programme is to enable medical, dentistry, and veterinary science students to think constructively about the ethical aspects of their current training and future careers by providing:
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
We will consider applications from students who have successfully completed at least the first two or three years of a UK medical/dental/veterinary medical degree or other related degree from any UK institution which permits an intercalated year as part of its programme of study, or international equivalent.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language need to meet the University's minimum requirements for English language proficiency, currently IELTS: 6.5 overall with not less than 6.0 in each component skill.
International Foundation Year Programme
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
How to apply
Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.
External applicants may email the IDEA Admissions Team directly.
UK: To be confirmed
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government's forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Read about possible financial support for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.
Intercalating in ethics provides you with an advantage whichever specialism you choose to pursue. You will gain an understanding of key ethical concepts - such as responsibility, consent, rights, value - which will feature prominently in your life as a medical professional. You will finish the course with more confidence in writing, discussion, analysis and argumentation - all highly transferable skills.
Past students have gone onto PhD study.