During Semester one you will undertake three specialist modules in:
Biomedical Ethics and Law (30 credits)
In this module you will cover the basics of moral and legal theory. You will learn about ethical theories (such as deontology, virtue theory, utilitarianism etc.), principles (such as autonomy, consent, personhood), key issues in applied ethics (such as abortion, ethics at the end of life, public health ethics, reproductive ethics etc.). You will also cover key topics in medical law (such as negligence, body as property, the Mental Health Act, human rights).
This module is assessed by two essays(one on ethical theory and one on applied ethics), and a legal case presentation.
Research Methods in Bioethics (30 credits)
In this module you will be introduced to the various kinds of methodology used in medical ethics and law, covering the following key skills:
- Writing philosophical and legal essays
- How to analyse and construct an argument
- Searching legal databases
- Empirical methods in bioethics (and how to integrate empirical and ethical analysis)
This module is assessed by two mini-assignments (essay planning and analysing and analogy), an interview based empirical bioethics project, contribution to a formal debate, and a research protocol.
Ethics in Research (10 credits)
In this module you will cover key issues in research ethics, including: research on vulnerable populations; informed consent; research governance; research in developing countries; payment, risk and exploitation; the use of animals in research. This module is assessed by a single essay.
This module is also offered as an option for students intercalating in Public Health and Population Sciences
During Semester 2 you will undertake a unique research project (worth 50 credits), supervised by a member of staff. Research projects are selected at the start of semester one, and you will normally begin setting up during that semester. In fact, many of the semester one assignments are designed to help you develop your research project. You can choose a research project that focuses on philosophical ethics, law, or a combination of empirical data collection and ethical/legal analysis.
This is the module list for 2014/15. The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.