Entry requirements

Intercalating medical students who have successfully completed a minimum of 3 years undergraduate medical training at a recognised medical school.

Months of entry


Course content

Designed for intercalated students with an interest in bioethics, this MSc Programme will provide you with the opportunity to explore and understand ethical problems of medicine in a global context.

Please note that this programme is suitable for intercalating medical students.

With an increasingly mobile population across the world, healthcare professionals, more than ever, need to manage a broader range of health care problems including pandemics, which we’ve all seen with the emergence and spread of COVID-19.

This programme has been designed to address these challenges and will provide you with a greater understanding of the complexities of socio-cultural factors across different countries, enabling you to develop your skills in complex decision making and ethical reasoning.

Why Global Medical Ethics?

As the importance of understanding and undertaking biomedical research on a global scale increases, healthcare professionals, simultaneously, need to develop modern and flexible research skills and professional behaviours in the field of clinical ethics. Major advances in medical and communication technology have increased patients’ expectations and options too, meaning future clinicians need to be equipped with a wide range of intellectual and practical skills to deal with limited healthcare resources nationally and internationally.

The Global Medical Ethics programme will help you to do just that.

The course encompasses a broad range of subjects, from general ethics theories to legal and societal aspects of medical practice and cultural components and representations of body, health, illness and the role of medicine. It also provides an opportunity to gain a deeper and more systematic awareness and understanding of these issues, and to explore the moral problems encountered by health care professionals around the globe.

Additionally, there are exciting placement opportunities exploring not only clinical settings, but also health charities and community care.

Audience: This MSc Programme is primarily designed for intercalating students from medicine and dentistry.

Teaching: Teaching will be provided by mixed teams of clinicians, ethicists, representatives of medical Institutions (e.g. GMC) and university lecturers providing an experiential, peer group and active learning environment.

Assessments: The majority of assessment tasks are centred on clinical scenarios focusing on ethical assessment and decision-making. These link the assignments to the ethical theories that underpin everyday clinical practice and decision making. Other assessment tasks are related to the review of practice in your own workplace, based within the context of national guidelines and protocols, to challenge your current ethical understanding and knowledge of professional practice.

Fees and funding

UK students
See https:https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/MSc-Global-Medical-Ethics/applying/
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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