Taught course

Medical Ethics

Institution
University of Brighton · School of Humanities
Qualifications
MAPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

Normally an undergraduate degree or equivalent. Appropriate accredited modules completed as part of other masters degrees (or their recognised equivalent) are taken into consideration in judging which elements, if any, need not be completed. Prior learning will also be accredited as appropriate. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 7.0 overall and 6.5 in writing.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This masters course interrogates the traditional approaches to and boundaries of ethics with a focus on the application and practice of moral philosophy.

Modules

Medicine: Art or Science?

  • Inductivism
  • Verification and falsifiability
  • Hermeneutics
  • Postmodernism
  • ‘The person’ as biological and normative entity
  • Conceptions of ‘health and illness’

The Social Context of Medical Practice

  • Contemporary liberal and socialist conceptions of social justice: Rawls, Cohen, Pogge, Farmer, O’Neill
  • The foundations of the NHS in the UK: private and public medicine
  • The idea of a profession: professional codes, ethics and practice
  • The idea of a patient: who becomes a patient and how; patients’ responsibilities
  • Global issues: resources, immigration and emigration
  • Distributive justice and medicine as a social good

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGDip

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGCert

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100
Dissertation (20000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Enquiries team
Email
enquiries@brighton.ac.uk
Phone
01273 644644