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2014/15 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics

Programme code:BA-BHCEUCAS code:
Duration:1 Year Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Chris Megone Contact address:c.b.megone@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 120

Entry requirements:

First two or three years of a UK medical/ dental/veterinary medical degree or other related degree from any UK institution which permits an intercalated year as part of its programme of study, or international equivalent.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language need to meet the University's minimum requirements for English language proficiency, currently IELTS: 6.5 overall with not less than 6.0 in each component skill.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA)

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Examination Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Philosophy Benchmark statement;
Medicine Benchmark statement.

Programme specification:

This programme is distinctive in that it is one of the few Intercalated Biomedical or Health Care Ethics degrees available in the UK that is taught by academic philosophers, thus giving students access to the teaching and supervision of disciplinary specialists in philosophical ethics. This programme is also taught alongside a professional MA, enabling students to study alongside experienced health care professionals.

The aim of this programme is to enable medical, dentistry, and veterinary science students to think constructively about the ethical aspects of their current training and future careers by providing:

- An understanding of key concepts (such as value, responsibility, rights, consent) which feature prominently in the practical decisions of health care professionals;
- A framework of philosophical theories within which to locate the day-to-day decisions of those who work in the area;
- An opportunity to develop the essential skills of discussion, analysis and argumentation in relation to ethical issues.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

IDEA3301Reasons, Virtues and Obligation15 creditsSemester 1
IDEA3304Conscience, Codes and Professional Issues15 creditsSemester 2
IDEA3305Autonomy, Rationality and Psychiatric Issues15 creditsSemester 2
IDEA3306Distributive Justice and Scarce Medical Resources15 creditsSemester 2
IDEA3307Current Developments in Health Care Ethics30 creditsSemester 1
IDEA3312Ethical Issues at the Beginning of Life15 creditsSemester 1
IDEA3313Ethical Issues at the End of Life15 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 06/01/2014

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