Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence at University of Manchester - UCAS

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Course summary

National, regional, and local governments, organisations, and authorities are beginning to realise that they need highly trained people in healthcare ethics and law. This means now is a good time to aim for the highest academic qualifications in the field. Traditional graduate studies for a research degree do not offer the ethical and legal knowledge or the comprehensive training needed for cutting-edge research into bioethics and medical jurisprudence. A more structured approach is called for. This programme is designed to provide a solid skills basis for independent research, and to guide you steadily towards the completion of a structured doctoral thesis, which is based on publishable journal articles and book chapters. The programme itself is unique in its combination of group sessions in research methods and presentation events which are designed to ensure a genuine sense of community among researchers, and friendly but consistent supervision by world-class scholars in the field. The topics and themes which are covered during the group sessions in Year 1 address the diverse challenges of doctoral research in health law and ethics, for example:

  • Refining your research question;
  • Scoping the literature;
  • Doing interdisciplinary research;
  • Exploring methodologies in bioethics;
  • Getting published.
Our entire community of doctoral scholar's meet four times during the year to present their ideas and research papers. We encourage staff and students at all stages of their learning to attend our BMJ presentation events so that doctoral scholars can become accustomed to presenting their research to a diverse audience. Our doctoral scholars are a vital element in the research culture of our centre and our School.

Entry requirements

A good (UK first class or upper second class honours) bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline and either a master's degree in ethics, law, or a cognate discipline, at Merit level or the overseas equivalent or a suitable period (normally at least three years) of validated professional experience in a relevant field. Applications are considered from September each year for admission the following September's intake. As places are limited on this programme each year, applicants are advised to submit their application as soon as possible to give them the best chance of securing one of these places. Applicants who clearly fulfil the criteria but who cannot be offered a place will be asked whether they would like to wait for possible cancellations in the ongoing round and/or like to be considered again in a year's time. Selection will be made on the basis of academic merits and promise, and it can involve interviews and/or other types of preliminary on-site performance evaluation.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Fees for entry in 2023 have not yet been set.

Sponsorship information

Various funding opportunities are available to students applying for the three-year PhD degree course. In addition to submitting the relevant scholarship application, you must submit the PhD application (deadlines apply). Please visit our School website for terms and conditions, or email [email protected]. References may be uploaded with your other supporting documents during the application process or emailed directly to [email protected].

Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence at University of Manchester - UCAS