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Medical Ethics MA

Course Description

Our Medical Ethics MA degree offers you an opportunity to develop your critical and analytical understanding of ethical issues, alongside subject-specific modules focusing on your particular area of expertise and interest. It is designed for professionals and students wishing to gain a qualification in ethical aspects of their field.

Course structure
Run through the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) at the University of Brighton, the Medical Ethics degree is one of seven distinct degrees that explore applied ethics or ethics in relation to art and design, education, healthcare, media, medicine or politics. One year full-time and two year part-time options are available. No previous familiarity with philosophy is assumed. Individuals will benefit from being members of an interdisciplinary cohort with differing professional and occupational experiences, and mixing with students from other MA courses.

Areas of study
Four core modules introduce the activity of philosophical thinking and prepare you for the research project. Then subject-specific modules are taught by staff in the relevant area of the university, identifying and addressing the ethical concerns particular to each degree. For instance, the medical ethics modules are taught by staff from the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. These modules provide a fascinating exploration of issues relevant to healthcare professionals. For example the medical ethics module, ‘legal perspectives on health’ examines the relationship of law and ethics, informed consent and capacity, and right, equality and diversity in the health service.

The research project, the culmination of the MA, consolidates the experiences, practices, and research skills developed on the course into an extended argument in the chosen specialist area.

Core modules:
Introduction to philosophical thinking
Moral thought and practice
Research methods
Research ethics

Medical ethics modules:
Medicine: art or science?
The social context of medical practice
Legal perspectives on health ethics

Research project

Career and progression opportunities
Ethical standards and practices form a central element of the regulatory framework governing the practice of medicine. Medical professionals are thus becoming increasingly aware of the need to approach their practice with an informed understanding of ethical considerations; their relation to legal matters; and their broader social and political ramifications. This degree offers an unusual opportunity to explore these sorts of issue on the basis of a sound grasp of underlying philosophical argument, and together with fellow-professionals from other fields.

Visit the Medical Ethics MA page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent. Appropriate prior learning is accredited.

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