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Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics (Distance Learning) MRes

Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics (Distance Learning) MRes

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Part time | University of Leeds | 24 months | 27-SEP-21

Study mode

Part time


24 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Ethics Medical Ethics Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary


This MRes has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop your research skills in applied medical ethics. It provides an excellent stepping stone to PhD research.

In your first year you will begin with intensive research methods training which will allow you to develop your skills under the supervision of expert tutors. You’ll gain a range of skills and valuable experience for a career in academic or professional research.

You will then write an extended dissertation over the remainder of the first year and during the second year, in which you can examine in depth an area of particular interest to you within the rich field of medical ethics, with the support of a research supervisor.

You will meet with your research supervisor virtually through our interactive classroom, Blackboard Collaborate.

This course is available to study part time, and also to study both full time and part time on campus.

You can study this subject as an MA, which consists of more taught content and less independent research, both full time and part time either online or on campus. If you study for the MRes then you’ll be able to audit relevant modules from this MA course.

Learning and teaching

The Research Methods module is delivered online through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and will be available in that form to both campus-based and online students, though campus based students may wish to undertake the tutor meetings for this module in face to face form.

Of course, independent research is also vital to this programme to develop your skills and help you develop your own ideas and interests.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


The dissertation (20,000 words) will form the bulk of the assessment for the MRes. During the Research Methods module you will be guided through the process of preparing for the dissertation, through a range of assessments including an annotated bibliography, a reflective log, a research proposal and a poster presentation.

Career opportunities

The heavy emphasis on research skills means this course is excellent preparation for PhD study and an academic career. However, you’ll also develop important transferable skills including oral and written communication, analysis and problem-solving which are valuable across a wide range of roles in different sectors.


This module provides students with training in core skills and a variety of key research methodologies for undertaking high quality research in applied ethics. It also addresses methodological issues raised in the conduct of inter-disciplinary research. It equips students to undertake a longer independent supervised dissertation on an aspect of applied ethics of their choice and affords them an excellent platform for research at doctoral level.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Candidates should normally be graduates with a 2:1 or above, in medical/healthcare ethics or philosophy, or holders of an equivalent qualification in directly related disciplines.