St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

By the end of the programme of study, students should have: knowledge and understanding of key issues, ethical principles, and contemporary schools of bioethics; an ability to engage in reflective philosophical analysis and in particular a developed philosophical understanding of the human person; knowledge of key concepts and cases of medical law; an ability to evaluate and relate medical, philosophical, theological, moral and legal aspects of bioethical questions; an ability to critically analyse a diversity of primary and secondary sources; an awareness of concrete implications of ethical dilemmas and of the importance of establishing careful, cooperative and morally serious approaches to their resolution; an ability to complete a substantial piece of research in bioethics, broadly understood.

Course Modules

Compulsory modules: human beings and human action; bioethics and medical law; research methods and dissertation. Optional modules: ethical issues at the beginning of life; ethical issues at the end of life; patients, professionals and society; religious bioethics.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
MA £4,300 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Students are normally required to have a 2.1 degree from a UK university or equivalent, in a relevant subject at Honours level, or a professional qualification in teaching, medicine or law. Medical students can also take the full-time MA programme as an intercalated option during their studies usually in their 3rd or 4th year of training. Students without such qualifications may be admitted provided that they can satisfy the Programme Director that they have sufficient experience of and aptitude for academic study for Master’s level. Such applicants will be required to provide a portfolio of suitable work and experience.