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2023/24 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:Natasha McKeever 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:

IDEA Centre, School of PRHS

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of PRHS

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]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

IDEA5301MReason, Virtues and Obligation15 credits1 Sep to 30 Nov
IDEA5304MConscience, Codes and Professional Issues15 credits1 Feb to 30 Apr
IDEA5305MAutonomy, Rationality and Psychiatric Issues15 credits1 Apr to 30 June
IDEA5306MDistributive Justice and Scarce Medical Resources15 credits1 May to 31 July
IDEA5307MCurrent Developments in Health Care Ethics30 credits1 Oct to 28 Feb
IDEA5308MHealth Care Ethics: Dissertation60 credits1 Nov to 30 Sep
IDEA5312MEthical Issues at the Beginning of Life15 credits1 Nov to 31 Jan
IDEA5313MEthical Issues at the End of Life15 credits1 Jan to 28 Feb

Last updated: 24/08/2023 15:44:13


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