University of Bristol

One of the first intercalated courses in healthcare ethics and law offered by a UK university, this course has been run by Bristol’s Centre for Ethics in Medicine since 1998. The centre is an internationally recognised leader in research and teaching in bioethics. Our track record of success means that you will study with expert tutors from across the field of bioethics and, in particular, experts in philosophical ethics and medical law.

As an intercalating student you will:

  • learn about the major trends, theories and arguments in bioethics and medical law
  • develop your ability to think through the issues for yourself
  • improve your skills in researching, writing and presenting
  • present and write about ideas that interest you, in assessments that you propose and develop

The course comprises four units and a substantial dissertation. It is delivered through staff-led seminars, lectures and tutorials, plus student presentations and individual supervision. We also encourage student-directed study throughout the course.

Intercalating students use this course to inform and develop their clinical practice, with some going on to become members of ethics committees, such as clinical ethics advisory groups. Others go on to contribute to scholarship in the field, conducting research and publishing in leading journals and books.

Entry requirements

You can study a BSc after two or more years of study on your professional programme. Please refer to the admissions statement on our intercalation website for full guidance on how your application will be assessed.

Closing date

The closing date for applications will be advised on the University of Bristol Intercalated degrees website.