MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law

The Department of Population Health offers an MSc by Research. The programme is one year full time and two years part time. Students with an interest in Ethics in Medicine can register for this degree and complete a project in Bioethics (this may include a legal component), supervised by the Centre for Ethics in Medicine.

The project

Projects should be designed to answer a clear normative question. The project can include an empirical component if it is achievable within the time frame. 

Research training

There is no taught component in the degree but in house training will be provided where necessary by the Centre for Ethics in Medicine. 

Depending on qualifications already obtained and the nature of the project to be undertaken, students may receive additional training on:  

  • Research methods in bioethics
  • Health care ethics theory
  • Health care law

Some of these sessions will involve participation in existing programmes, including the BSc in Bioethics. Additional training is provided through research seminars and supervisor meetings.

Entry requirements

Potential applicants for the MSc by research programme in the Centre for Ethics in Medicine need to have at least a good Honours degree in a relevant subject e.g. philosophy/ethics, law, social science, theology, health care.  Proficiency in English is essential.

Details of the required academic qualifications and English language requirements.

We anticipate that the majority of students will be self-funded.

Funding opportunities

We are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of fully funded scholarships on our Masters by Research programme, paid for by our Wellcome Trust Programme funding.  Scholarships will cover:

  • Full home (UK/EU) fees
  • Annual stipend (£15,000)
  • Research costs and conference budget (exact value to be determined according to need - minimum of £500 up to a maximum of £3000)

Applications must be made via the University of Bristol postgraduate application system.

When making your application, please choose Faculty of Health Sciences and Population Health MSc in Research. Please state you are applying for the Wellcome Trust MSc(R) programme in Bioethics.  You must include:

  • A personal statement outlining why you want to study Bioethics at Masters level, and explaining why you are a good candidate. 
  • A 2 - 4 page research proposal, which must include:

Title
Main research question (+ any subordinate questions)
Outline, background and importance
Approach (methodology/methods)
Anticipated timeline
References

You can view our Centre research pages for areas we would particularly welcome proposals in.  Please also click on the link below for ideas of some specific projects that you may be able to undertake with us.

PDF_MScR projects 2019 (PDF, 102kB).

We strongly recommend that you contact the Centre for Ethics in Medicine before making an application, to discuss your research idea.  Please contact Dr Jonathan Ives (programme director) for an informal discussion.

The deadline for applications for 2019/20 is 1st May 2019.

All applications will be screened for suitability and fit with potential supervisors, and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

Apply

Enquiries can be made at any time throughout the year.

Applications are assessed based on the project and the person undertaking it. If you wish to apply for a selfpfunded MSc(Res) please send a draft proposal to postgrad-ethics@bristol.ac.uk. Please include a brief personal statement outlining relevant qualifications or experience of bioethics (including any relevant law), your proposed research question, methods and a timeline for the project and your plans for obtaining funding (if needed). The draft proposal will be assessed to see if a full application can be supported. Please allow two weeks for assessment of the draft proposal.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For information about how to make a full application please see here.

      

 

 

Wellcome Trust Masters Programme - MSc(Res) Bioethics

We are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of fully funded places on our Masters by Research programme.  Funding will cover:

  • Full home (UK) fees
  • Stipend
  • Research costs

We strongly recommend that you contact the Centre for Ethics in Medicine to discuss your research idea before making an application for a funded place.  Please contact Dr Jonathan Ives (programme director) for an informal discussion.

The deadline for applications for a funded place for 2019/20 is 1st May 2019.

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