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2014/15 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics

Programme code:MA-BHCE-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Chris Megone Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Candidates should normally be graduates or holders of an equivalent qualification. Where a candidate is not a graduate, relevant professional experience is taken into account. The key attributes sought are a willingness and ability to think through problems in a reasoned and independent way. We also seek a very basic grasp of what philosophical ethics is, evidence of commitment to its study, writing skills, and evidence of any relevant experience of ethical issues arising in practice. While some students who come on the course have already studied philosophy formally, previous study of philosophy is not a requirement. The course is designed for those coming to the study of ethics or medical ethics for the first time.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language need to meet the University's minimum requirements for English language proficiency.

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) Examinations Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Philosophy Benchmark statement;
Medicine Benchmark statement.

Programme specification:

By the end of the programme students should:

1. be able to engage in reasoned discussion of often highly charged issues and sensitive topics with others who may not share their views: including colleagues, patients and patients' families;
2. be able to identify the underlying issues in a debate, to analyse complex problems, to detect what is relevant and also what is conceptually problematic;
3. display openness and independence of mind: be receptive to new ideas, rediscoveries and insights and be able to subject them to critical appraisal;
4. be able to analyse philosophical texts, historical as well as contemporary, and to apply the analyse to current ethical issues in health care;
5. display knowledge and understanding of ethical theories and arguments and to draw on this understanding in their study of current ethical issues in health care;
6. be able to examine central concepts and distinctions in moral philosophy and to appreciate the problems to which they give rise in the context of health care.

Graduates from this programme find or resume careers in medical, nursing or health related professions, often teaching or on committees involved in health policy issues. There is increasing call for ethics training for health professionals and ethics committee members, and graduates are sought after. A number of graduates from the course proceed on to further degrees in the field.

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

IDEA5301MReason, Virtues and Obligation15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
IDEA5304MConscience, Codes and Professional Issues15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
IDEA5305MAutonomy, Rationality and Psychiatric Issues15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
IDEA5306MDistributive Justice and Scarce Medical Resources15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
IDEA5307MCurrent Developments in Health Care Ethics30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
IDEA5308MHealth Care Ethics: Dissertation60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
IDEA5312MEthical Issues at the Beginning of Life15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
IDEA5313MEthical Issues at the End of Life15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Last updated: 17/02/2014


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