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MRes Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics

Key facts

Start date September 2018

Duration/mode 12 months full time, 24 months part time

UK/EU fees £7,250 (total)

International fees £17,500 (total)

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in medical/healthcare ethics or philosophy, or holders of an equivalent qualification in directly related disciplines

Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in medical/healthcare ethics or philosophy, or holders of an equivalent qualification in directly related disciplines
Language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components


This new MRes has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop your research skills in applied medical ethics. It provides an excellent stepping stone to PhD research.

You will begin in the first semester with intensive research methods training which will allow you to develop your skills under the supervision of expert tutors. You’ll gain a range of skills and valuable experience for a career in academic or professional research.

You will then spend the remainder of the year writing an extended dissertation in which you can examine in depth an area of particular interest to you within the rich field of medical ethics, with the support of a research supervisor.

You will meet with your research supervisor on campus in Leeds on a regular basis.

This course is available to study part time, and also to study both full time and part time through online distance learning.

You can study this subject as an MA, which consists of more taught content and less independent research, both full time and part time either online or on campus. If you study for the MRes then you’ll be able to audit relevant modules from this MA course.

You can also study this subject as a PGDip where you take fewer modules overall, both full time and part time either online or on campus.

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Course content

The Masters by research is made up of a 30-credittaught Research Methods module and a 150-credit dissertation.

IDEA5401M Research Methods

Delivered online, this module will provide you withtraining in core skills and a variety of key research methodologies forundertaking high quality research in medical ethics. It also addressesmethodological issues raised in the conduct of inter-disciplinary research. Itwill equip you to undertake a longer independent supervised dissertation on anaspect of ethics of your choice.

During the module we will cover research skills,including identifying a suitable topic for research, bibliography andreferencing. We will also explore a range of methodological approaches to thediscipline of ethics.

IDEA5402M Dissertation (MRes)

You will produce an independent piece of workanalysing in detail an aspect of medical ethics. The work will enable you toexhibit both some awareness of detail of theoretical ethical considerations andto indicate their application to issues in medical ethics, where relevantmaking use of your experience in the context of professional life in medicineand healthcare. You will be supported through the process by a researchsupervisor.

Course structure

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

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

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

Learning and teaching

The Research Methods moduleis delivered online through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment(VLE), and will be available in that form to both campus-based and onlinestudents, though campus based students may wish to undertake the tutor meetingsfor this module in face to face form.

Of course,independent research is also vital to this programme to develop your skills andhelp you develop your own ideas and interests.


Thedissertation (30,000 words) will formthe bulk of the assessment for the MRes. During the Research Methods module youwill be guided through the process of preparing for the dissertation, through arange of assessments including an annotated bibliography, a reflective log, aresearch proposal and a poster presentation.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally be graduates with a 2:1 orabove, in medical/healthcare ethics or philosophy, or holders of an equivalentqualification in directly related disciplines.

International qualifications

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

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

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Admissions policy

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UK/EU fees: £7,250 (total)
International fees: £17,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

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.

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Career opportunities

The heavyemphasis on research skills means this course is excellent preparation for PhDstudy and an academic career. However, you’ll also develop importanttransferable skills including oral and written communication, analysis andproblem-solving which are valuable across a wide range of roles in differentsectors.

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.

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