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 do not currently have any funding available for our MScR programme.



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 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.

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)


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

Please check back regularly for updates, or follow us on Twitter @bristolethics for announcements about funding opportunities.


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