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


Through an award from the Wellcome Trust, the Centre for Ethics in Medicine is pleased to announce that it has up to three funded places available on its MSc-R programme in 2022-23, commencing in Autumn 2022.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 29th April 2022

The MSc-R allows candidates to undertake a one-year research project in the field of bioethics/healthcare ethics. Applications are invited for proposals addressing any topic (but see the full call below for some topic ideas). 

Successful applicants will be provided with:

  • Funding to cover their MSc-R tuition fees (approx. £4,500 for one year, full-time study)
  • A student stipend (£16,000)
  • Research expenses e.g. to cover data collection, transcription and/or travel/conferences

This document outlines the current call and provides some guidance for applicants: WT MScR Bioethics call for proposals_22_23 (PDF, 661kB)


Wellcome Trust Masters Programme - MSc(Res) Bioethics

We are delighted to be holders of Wellcome Trust programme funding for our Masters by Research.  Studentships cover:

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

The call for applications for 2022/2023 has now closed, but please watch this space for an annoucement early next year for opportunities for 2023/24



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