University of Liverpool

Designed for intercalating students with an interest in bioethics, this MSc Programme will provide you with the opportunity to explore and understand ethical problems of medicine in a global context.With an increasingly mobile population across the world, healthcare professionals, more than ever, need to manage a broader range of health care problems including pandemics, which we’ve all seen with the emergence and spread of COVID-19.This programme has been designed to address these challenges and will provide you with a greater understanding of the complexities of socio-cultural factors across different countries, enabling you to develop your skills in complex decision making and ethical reasoning.Why Global Medical Ethics?As the importance of understanding and undertaking biomedical research on a global scale increases, healthcare professionals, simultaneously, need to develop modern and flexible research skills and professional behaviours in the field of clinical ethics. Major advances in medical and communication technology have increased patients’ expectations and options too, meaning future clinicians need to be equipped with a wide range of intellectual and practical skills to deal with limited healthcare resources nationally and internationally.The Global Medical Ethics programme will help you to do just that.The course encompasses a broad range of subjects, from general ethics theories to legal and societal aspects of medical practice and cultural components and representations of body, health, illness and the role of medicine. It also provides an opportunity to gain a deeper and more systematic awareness and understanding of these issues, and to explore the moral problems encountered by health care professionals around the globe.Additionally, there are exciting placement opportunities exploring not only clinical settings, but also health charities and community care.Audience: This MSc Programme is primarily designed for intercalating students from medicine and dentistry.Teaching: Teaching will be provided by mixed teams of clinicians, ethicists, representatives of medical Institutions (e.g. GMC) and university lecturers providing an experiential, peer group and active learning environment.Assessments: The majority of assessment tasks are centred on clinical scenarios focusing on ethical assessment and decision-making. These link the assignments to the ethical theories that underpin everyday clinical practice and decision making. Other assessment tasks are related to the review of practice in your own workplace, based within the context of national guidelines and protocols, to challenge your current ethical understanding and knowledge of professional practice.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Liverpool.All students will be required to submit a reference, a 2 page A4 CV, and a personal statement outlining ambitions for learning.Entry Qualifications:Intercalating medical students who have successfully completed a minimum of 3 years undergraduate medical training at a recognised medical school.International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines. You can see typically accepted qualifications by country here http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/international/countriesThis is a linguistically demanding programme and students whose first language is not English are required to have passed the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination before commencing the programme. The IELTS reading and writing tests taken by candidates must be the Academic Reading and Academic Writing tests.If you require additional English Language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre, details of which are available at www.liverpool.ac.uk/english-language-centre.This course will only consider IELTS scores (other Secure English Language tests or Country specific tests such as WAEC or Malaysian SPM 1119 are not suitable for this programme).Please be advised that TOEFL is no longer classified by UK Visas and Immigration as a Secure English Language Test (SELT). However, at the current time the university is continuing to accept TOEFL, at the required level, for entry on to Undergraduate and Postgraduate academic programmes.

Closing Date

Students are advised to apply early.