MRes Biomedical and Health Care Ethics

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The Masters by research is made up of a 30-credit taught module and a 150-credit dissertation. The programme has been designed to be delivered in both campus-based and by online distance learning, so as to be available both to local students who wish to come onto campus for face to face supervision, and to students globally.

Through its two forms it offers this wide range of students the opportunity to write a dissertation in which they can examine in depth an area of particular interest to them within the rich field of medical ethics, with the support of a supervisor. It provides an excellent stepping stone to PhD work.

The Taught MA in Biomedical & Health Care Ethics is delivered in both campus-based and online form so it will be possible for all students of the MRes to take advantage of this in order to audit any modules in that programme that are relevant to their dissertation research.

Who is this course for?

The MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics is aimed primarily at health care professionals, although it also attracts graduates from philosophy and associated disciplines.

The programme is particularly suitable as continuing professional development (CPD), and most of our students study part-time whilst working (the course can be taken on a full-time basis).

Research Methods Module

The Research Methods module will be developed as an online module, and will be available in that form to both campus based and online students, though campus based students may wish to undertake the tutor meetings for this module in face to face form.

This module will provide you with training in core skills and a variety of key research methodologies for undertaking high quality research in medical ethics. It also addresses methodological issues raised in the conduct of inter-disciplinary research. It will equip you to undertake a longer independent supervised dissertation on an aspect of ethics of your choice.

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

Dissertation (30,000 Words)

You will produce an independent piece of work analysing in detail an aspect of medical ethics. The work will enable you to exhibit both some awareness of detail of theoretical ethical considerations and to indicate their application to issues in medical ethics, where relevant making use of your experience in the context of professional life in medicine and healthcare. You will be supported through the process by a research supervisor.

Further Opportunities

IDEA welcomes applications for PhD study. The Centre can provide a broad base of supervisory expertise in applied ethics, broadly construed. The Centre’s postgraduate researchers are registered in the School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science (PRHS), and enquiries should be made to

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