Taught course

Bioethics and Society

Institution
King's College London · Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

A relevant UK honours degree of 2:1 standard. If an applicant possesses an undergraduate degree below 2:1 standard, subsequent postgraduate qualifications may be taken into account. Also desirable is evidence of active engagement in relevant activities and an attentive concern for the pressing ethical questions in contemporary medicine, bioscience and health policy, demonstrated by reading and otherwise following current national and international issues.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Advances in biomedicine, neuroscience, and public health raise some of the most difficult ethical and societal questions today. The Bioethics & Society course allows you to study these questions through a unique interdisciplinary approach drawing on concepts, theories, and methods from philosophy and the social sciences, in a global health context. This will enable you to understand how bioethics influences the world, and how you can make an impact in the world.

Key benefits

  • The only UK course based in a social science department, faculty of social sciences and public policy.
  • Taught at King’s College London, ranked joint 31st in the World (QS World University Rankings 2021)
  • Taught in the heart of London, at King’s College Strand Campus
  • Offers a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach to bioethics that draws from key concepts, theories, methods and findings from philosophy and the social sciences and science and technology studies.
  • Lectures and seminars are given by internationally recognized faculty who consult for the World Health Organization, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and the U.K. Parliament Office of Science & Technology, among others
  • Collaborates with other departments at King’s to serve students’ individual needs and interests and create exciting career streams of optional modules
  • Offers a rigorous methods training in qualitative and quantitative research methods and critical policy research
  • Provides skilled supervision to develop competence in executing a small-scale independent dissertation research project
  • Offers a rich programme of guest lectures and seminars, including the Biotechnology and Society research seminar, the Culture Medicine and Power conversations, the Mental Health & Society reading group, and the GHSM Seminar Series
  • Offers individualised career support to build a strong CV, helping students to identify opportunities to present their work, do internships, and secure funding
  • Collaborates closely with King’s College Careers & Employability Office to enhance the employability of our students with targeted sessions
  • Offers an entry level onto PhD in Bioethics & Society at King’s College London

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
admissions@kcl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7848 2979