MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics

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The MA in Biomedical and Health Care Ethics offers a rigorous grounding in health care ethics and biomedical ethics, provided by tutors from the Centre with expertise in teaching ethics in medical disciplines. Students learn about the ethical issues that arise across all areas of medicine and health care practice, and can specialise in areas of particular interest.

The Health Care Ethics Masters programme was established at the University of Leeds in 1991, and more than two hundred students have taken the course. On average, at least 15% of students achieve a distinction (the highest available classification for their degree) each year, and this is reflected in the wide range of careers that graduates have pursued.

The programme is also available by online distance learning.

The MA is also available as an Intercalated degree for students from Medicine and Dentistry

The success of this MA was one of the reasons for establishing our Centre, and teaching on the course draws on our research expertise. Members of the teaching team have been involved in major research projects (including a £240,000 EU-funded project in biomedical ethics) and have produced a wide range of publications in ethics and medical ethics.

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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).

Participants have included hospital doctors (usually consultants or registrars), GPs, nurses in all specialties, lawyers and business people. Others have come from backgrounds in pharmacy, counselling, therapy work, community care services, health care administration, social work, chaplaincy work, psychology, teaching, and work with the handicapped. Others still have had experience sitting on research ethics committees. In addition, there have been a number of philosophy, biosciences and social sciences graduates. Students have come from India, Canada, Belgium and South Africa, as well as from the UK.

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