Medical Ethics and Palliative Care at Keele University - UCAS

Keele University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Medical Ethics and Palliative Care (Taught)

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Course summary

End-of-life healthcare decisions create challenging ethical dilemmas for practitioners, patients and families. Issues around duty of care, autonomy and consent, treatment purpose or medication costs can arise when managing symptoms and reducing pain. Our MA will give you a deeper, more systematic understanding of these issues, their moral and legal considerations. You’ll engage with current academic literature and latest research, learning from real and hypothetical case studies and news stories, discussing them among your peers. Designed for graduates and working professionals, it can be studied over one, two or five years in short, intensive teaching blocks. Why choose this course?

  • A pioneer in medical ethics and law education, Keele’s programmes are among the longest-running in the UK, delivered continuously since 1987
  • Flexible block teaching delivery (typically three days) to allow you to study and work full-time with essay-based assessment (no exams)
  • Enjoy rich ethical debates with a diverse student cohort, which over the years has included professionals from medical, legal, religious, voluntary, social, education, and media backgrounds
  • Taught by trained philosophers, educators and lawyers
The combination of advances in medical technology, extensive regulation, increased expectations, and changing moral attitudes has given rise to a host of complex ethical and legal issues for those involved in the delivery of end-of-life healthcare. This exciting programme provides an opportunity to explore and understand the moral dilemmas confronting those involved in all aspects of end-of-life care, and the ethical, legal and policy issues that arise in medicine, palliative care and related fields. You’ll gain a solid grounding in a wide range of ethical frameworks which cover actions, consequences and character, from consequentialism and deontology to virtue or ethics of care. This will give you the tools to compare and contrast different approaches, and experience of applying ethical concepts, so you will be better able to articulate them in a professional setting. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

Entry requirements

ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS The MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care is open to graduates with a first or second class honours degree (or foreign equivalent) in a relevant subject, or appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience. ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests. Students who have graduated from a country where English is the first language and the degree was taught and assessed in English are not normally required to take an IELTS or other English language test. If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes. During your degree programme you can study additional english language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English. INTERCALATING MEDICAL STUDENTS - We welcome applications from undergraduate medical students who have the option to take an intercalated year. To take the MA in Medical Ethics and Law as an intercalated year, you must normally have completed the fourth year of a medical degree. To ensure the course is completed within one year, you must study the MA in Medical Ethics and Law as a full time student.

Fees and funding

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Medical Ethics and Palliative Care at Keele University - UCAS