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.
This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree (or international equivalent) and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study.
Months of entry
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 part-time and/or online. You could also choose to study for a MRes qualification and more details can be found here.
Information for international students
This course requires an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Fees and funding
There are a number of scholarships available to both UK/EU and international students. For further information please click here.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Team
- +44 (0)113 343 7799