Dissertation Project

Credit value: 50
Semester: 2
Status: Compulsory
Contact hours: approximately 12
Module co-ordinator: Dr June Jones

Module Description:

This module affords the opportunity for you to produce a substantial piece of assessed work on a subject of your own choice (guided by your supervisor). The main requirement is that you write about some overtly ethical and/or legal aspect of health care. You will be encouraged to use the research skills that you have acquired during each of the taught modules.

Ethical and legal research has traditionally been undertaken using conceptual analysis. Increasingly, qualitative research methodologies are being used in in combination with traditional methods in biomedical ethics research. The programme seeks to provide you with an opportunity to be trained and utilise this new range of methodologies as they apply to biomedical ethics and law so that you are able to chose the best research method for your topic of interest. You may therefore undertake a piece of empirical bioethics research for their dissertation. All students will, however, have to demonstrate the ability to present robust philosophical arguments in their dissertations.

Students will be required to submit a research protocol, outlining their research topic and set of questions, which will be assessed as part of the Research Methods in Bioethics module.

Entry requirements

International students:

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.