Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics (MA)

University of Leeds the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 7250 per total

How you will study
part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 17500 per total

All study options

About Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics at University of Leeds

This degree 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 the ethical issues that arise across medicine and healthcare practice, but you'll also have the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you or suit your career aspirations. You'll take modules on topics such as ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, autonomy and psychiatry, professional issues and allocating medical resources fairly, and focus on a topic of your choice to complete an independent dissertation.

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.

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 full-time and/or online. You could also choose to study for a PGDip qualification, where you'll study fewer modules overall.

  • Course content

    In your first year 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, and the ethical issues at the beginning and end of life.

    You'll also apply this knowledge to the professional context, considering issues like the carer/patient relationship, consent and the role 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.

    In your final year you'll focus on contemporary debates and issues in healthcare ethics, exploring issues such as research ethics and the implications of new technologies. Throughout the programme you'll develop advanced skills in research and analysis. You'll showcase this in your dissertation, when you focus on a specific topic of your choice, and submit your work before the end of the course in September of your final year.


    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Reason, Virtues and Obligation 15 credits
    • Conscience, Codes and Professional Issues 15 credits
    • Autonomy, Rationality and Psychiatric Issues 15 credits
    • Distributive Justice and Scarce Medical Resources 15 credits
    • Ethical Issues at the Beginning of Life 15 credits
    • Ethical Issues at the End of Life 15 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Current Developments in Health Care Ethics 30 credits
    • Health Care Ethics: Dissertation 60 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics MA in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    Taught modules are structured around weekly group seminars led by one of our tutors. Overall, each taught module normally involves about four hours per week of contact time, concentrated into one afternoon to help you fit your studies into your working week. In some modules you may also take part in group project work. However, independent study is also a vital element of this degree, allowing you to improve your research and analytical skills and gain more varied perspectives on key issues.

    Assessment

    Normally, essays are our most common form of assessment - usually of around 3,000 words. However, in some modules we may also use presentations or other methods to assess your progress.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree. Professional experience may also be considered.

    If you don't have a degree, we normally ask you to register for the PGDip 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.

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    Improve your English

    If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

    • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
    • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

    Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

    How to apply

    Documents and information you need:
    Your degree certificate and transcripts of all relevant qualifications, or a partial transcript if you're still studying.
    Two academic references.
    Evidence of your English language test scores, if English is not your first language.
    An essay of 1,000-1,500 words on a topic relevant to the programme - suggested topics available on our How to Apply page.

    Application deadlines:
    There is no formal deadline for applications. However, you should allow time to make arrangements to start your course, such as visa applications or moving to Leeds - and the application deadlines for many scholarships and bursaries will close much sooner. As a result we strongly encourage you to submit your completed application by July 31st of the year you plan to start the programme.

    Next steps:
    All applicants to our courses will be interviewed. For students planning to study on campus, this will be face-to-face and take place at the IDEA Centre. Distance learning students can also be interviewed by phone, VOIP or Skype.


    • Apply

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    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    University of Leeds Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: £7,250 (total)

    International: £17,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    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

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Related courses

    Applied and Professional Ethics MA
    Applied and Professional Ethics PGDip
    Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics PGDip
  • Study options for this course

    • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
    • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 months
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 7250 per totalInternational course feesGBP 17500 per total

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree + experience.

    Language requirements
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.

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