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Bioethics and Society, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #33 (QS) ,
The Bioethics and Society course at King's College London allows you to study these questions drawing on concepts, theories, and methods from philosophy and the social sciences. This will enable you to understand how bioethics influences the world, and how you can make an impact in the world.

About

Advances in biomedicine, neuroscience, and public health raise some of the most difficult ethical and societal questions today. The Bioethics and Society course at King's College London is taught in the heart of London, with immediate access to King’s hospitals and laboratories, and close to government, health policy think-tanks, patient advocacy groups, medical and scientific societies, and the private health sector.

Key benefits

  • The only UK programme based in a social science department
  • Taught in the heart of London, at King's College Strand Campus
  • Offers a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach to bioethics that draws from key concepts, theories, methods and findings from philosophy and the social sciences
  • Lectures and seminars are given by internationally recognized faculty who consult for the World Health Organization, the Nuffield Council or Bioethics, and the U.K. Parliament Office of Science & Technology, among others
  • Collaborates with other departments at King’s to serve students’ individual needs and interests and create exciting career streams of optional modules
  • Offers a rigorous methods training in qualitative and quantitative research methods and critical policy research
  • Provides skilled supervision to develop competence in executing a small-scale independent dissertation research project

Career prospects

Graduates from this course have gone onto the following destinations:

  • healthcare consultant
  • internal medicine physician
  • research worker
  • specialist registrar (old-age psychiatry)

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Dissertation in Bioethics and Society
  • Foundations in Global Health & Social Medicine
  • Critical Bioethics
  • Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science and Health
  • Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science and Health
  • Critical Policy Research for Health and Medicine 

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity

            You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

            Full-time
            • Full-time duration 12 months
            Part-time
            • Average part-time duration 24 months
            • Intensity Flexible
            • Part-time variant
              Flexible
          • Credits
            180 - 200 alternative credits
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

          English Language Requirements

          • Minimum required score:

            7

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          • Minimum required score:

            100

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          Academic Requirements

          You need the following GPA score:

          Required score: Upper Second Class

          Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

          Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

          General Requirements

          • A relevant UK honours degree of 2:1 standard. If an applicant possesses an undergraduate degree below 2:1 standard, subsequent postgraduate qualifications may be taken into account.
          • A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
          • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. 
          • Two references are required with at least one academic. 
          • Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            21300 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 21300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
          • EU/EEA

            9990 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 9990 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

          Part time 

          • UK fees: £4,995 per year 
          • Ooverseas fees: £10650 per year 

          Living costs for London

          • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
            Living Costs

          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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