Intercalating Year: Biomedical and Health Care Ethics

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Medical and health care professionals are constantly faced with ethical dilemmas in the workplace. Examples of questions include: when is it appropriate to stop treating a patient? How should we allocate limited resources fairly? What rights should patients have to determine their own treatment? However, there is rarely time on medical and health care programmes to prepare students adequately for how to deal with such questions. The Biomedical & Health Care Ethics programme will equip you with the skills necessary to analyse and respond to complex and important ethical issues that you may come up against in your career.

This programme is available as either a BA or MA programme, which are taught together. It is open to students from any UK institution which allows an intercalated year as part of a programme of undergraduate study. 

Course Outline 

During the programme, students explore the current ethical issues surrounding clinical practice and technological advances in health care. Students also learn the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate these issues. For MA students, there is an opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest in their dissertation.

The course covers key ethical concepts that will feature prominently in your life as a medical professional, including:

  • Responsibility
  • Consent
  • Doctor and patient rights
  • The nature of value
  • Ethics at the beginning and end of life

The programme covers current ethical issues, including abortion and euthanasia, and current developments in healthcare, including genetic enhancement and human cloning.

The full course outline and content can be found in the University of Leeds coursefinder:

How to Apply

All applications for intercalating programmes are administrated by the School of Medicine.

Please consult the School of Medicine Intercalation webpages for the most up to date information on deadlines, and send completed applications to: intercalate@leeds.ac.uk

MA application - internal and external applicants

MA applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Application form - this can be found on the School of Medicine Intercalation webpage. This includes a short supporting statement 
  • Supporting statement - applicants are encouraged to write a supporting statement that includes any relevant experience or interest in ethics, or evidence that indicates a broader understanding of medical issues and values
  • Application essay - all MA applicants must submit an essay of 1000-1500 words, on a topic related to Biomedical and Health Care Ethics. Essay topics and guidance can be found on our How To Apply webpage
  • References - applicants are required to provide two references along with the application form

Shortlisted applicants may be considered for interview. Information on our interview process can be found on our How To Apply webpage.

If you have any questions on the admissions process, please email Rosa Stevens at admissions@leeds.ac.uk

BA application - internal and external applicants

BA applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Application form - this can be found on the School of Medicine Intercalation webpage. This includes a short supporting statement 
  • Supporting statement - applicants are encouraged to write a supporting statement that includes any relevant experience or interest in ethics, or evidence that indicates a broader understanding of medical issues and values
  • References - applicants are required to provide two references along with the application form

Shortlisted applicants may be considered for interview. Information on our interview process can be found on our How To Apply webpage.

If you have any questions on the admissions process, please email Rosa Stevens at admissions@leeds.ac.uk

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