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Explore the application of ethics in the biomedical and healthcare sectors, and develop the knowledge and skills needed to address the complex ethical issues facing professionals in this field.

Throughout, you’ll benefit from teaching informed by consultation with healthcare professionals and shaped by the latest social, technological, and political developments. You’ll learn from experts who are experienced and actively engaged in research in this field.

As our student, you’ll join a diverse community of people from many different countries and backgrounds. Whether you’re looking to progress in your career, change to a new one, or explore a new subject area, you’ll be fully supported in achieving your goals.

Course structure


Compulsory modules

  • Reason, Virtues and Obligation
  • Conscience, Codes and Professional Issues
  • Autonomy, Rationality and Psychiatric Issues
  • Distributive Justice and Scarce Medical Resources
  • Current Developments in Health Care Ethics
  • Health Care Ethics: Dissertation
  • Ethical Issues at the Beginning of Life
  • Ethical Issues at the End of Life

Learning and teaching

Taught modules are structured around weekly group seminars led by one of our tutors. Overall, each taught module normally involves about four hours per week of contact time. In some modules you may also take part in group project work.


There are no exams during this course. Instead, most of the time you’ll be assessed using essays and coursework assignments. You’ll receive support from our tutors and be able to discuss your work with them before you submit it. Group projects and presentations may also be used to assess your progress in some modules.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

How to apply


If you’re applying to study this course as an intercalation year, the deadline and application process will be different. You’ll need to send your application (including the documents below) to the School of Medicine’s intercalation team.

Documents to include

  • Your degree certificate and transcripts of all relevant qualifications, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying.
  • Two academic references – see the admissions policy (below) for details.
  • Evidence of your English language test scores, if English isn’t your first language.
  • Supporting statement: this is optional, but presents a great opportunity to tell us more about yourself and can be useful preparation for your interview. There's no word limit but you should include:
  • Why you want to study your chosen course at Leeds
  • What role ethics play in your professional life (if relevant)
  • What knowledge and understanding you currently have of ethics (if relevant)
  • How studying ethics will contribute to your academic and/or professional development
  • Application essay: this will be used to assess your ability to construct arguments and defend a coherent ethical position. It should be 1000-1500 words long and address a topic relevant to your chosen course. You can choose from the questions below, or contact us about an alternative:
  • How should doctors decide who shall live when not all can live?
  • Is foetal abnormality a morally defensible ground for performing an abortion?
  • Should women be allowed to bear babies for a fee?
  • Can deception in research be justified?
  • When, if ever, are doctors justified in breaching a patient’s confidentiality?

Application deadlines

There’s no formal deadline for applications, but you should aim to submit your completed application as early in the year as possible. This will allow you time to organise your visa and transport arrangements (if relevant) and also meet the deadlines for any funding opportunities you pursue.

Next steps

If we're interested in making you an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to an interview. This will be either in person if you'll be coming to Leeds to study, or over Skype or a similar platform if you'll be studying through distance learning.



This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


  • UK/EU: £8,500 (total)
  • International: £18,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

A postgraduate qualification in biomedical and healthcare ethics can improve your confidence in handling workplace decisions that have ethical implications. It will also allow you to improve your transferable skills such as research, analysis and oral and written communication.

Many of our graduates continue with their research, whether in academic appointments at universities, PhD studies or as researchers for other organisations such as the King’s Fund. Others have gone into healthcare management, joined research or clinical ethics committees or gone on to teach medical or healthcare ethics at medical schools part-time.

Visit the Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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