The MAHCE is an intellectually and morally challenging course that encourages students to closely examine their preconceptions and opinions on some of the fundamental issues in healthcare.
Part-time 24 months, Full-time 12 months
School of Philosophy
The School of Philosophy at Leeds is one of the largest and most active philosophy departments in the country (second only to Oxford in the number of staff it submitted in the recent Research Assessment Exercise). With 30 members of research and teaching staff, our interests cover the whole range of subjects within the discipline (for details, see Members of Staff.) This allows the School to offer courses in most of the major areas of philosophy, ranging from metaphysics to the philosophy of value, and for those courses to be pursued in depth. One of the unique features of the School is that it includes a Division of the History and Philosophy of Science ( HPS), with 9 members, and the Centre for Metaphysics and Mind. There are currently over 30 postgraduates working on a variety of topics; and the School places great emphasis on fostering a stimulating research environment, encouraging philosophical debate at all levels. We offer a full programme of Seminars and Workshops, and organize regular Conferences. The Centre for Business and Professional Ethics (CBPE) is also run from within the School.
What you study
The course is modular. It may be studied full-time within one year, or part-time, over two or, if necessary, three years. In special circumstances, negotiated study modules may be substituted for some of the modules.
In the first year students undertake six core modules (90 credits) which provide a grounding in the discipline and an introductory examination of a wide range of topics which they may wish to pursue in more depth in their dissertations.
In the second year there is also one further taught module (30 credits). However the year is predominantly devoted to the writing of the dissertation (60 credits). As students come to the course with different backgrounds and interests, this allows them to examine in depth a subject of their own choice, under individual supervision.
Full-time students undertake all the taught modules and the dissertation within one academic year, usually commencing the dissertation study in the second part of the year.
Modules for the MA and Diploma
PHIL5210 Reasons, Virtues and Obligations
An introduction to ethics; virtue ethics, deontology and consequentialism
PHIL5220 Consequences, Killing and the Value of Life
An introduction to theoretical issues around beginning and end of life issues (abortion, euthanasia): objections to killing; omission and commission, passive/active; the doctrine of double effect.
PHIL5230 Abortion, Euthanasia, Life and Death
An introduction to applied ethical issues at beginning and end of life: abortion, assisted conception; euthanasia -- active and passive; withdrawing and withholding treatment should stop; slippery slope arguments
PHIL5340 Codes and Professional Issues
An introduction to some general professional issues; honesty, loyalty, confidentiality; trust and accountability; use and abuse of codes; whistleblowing; compromise and sharing responsibility.
PHIL5250 Autonomy, Rationality and Psychiatric Issues
An introduction to psychiatric ethics and ethical issues in dealing with non-competents. Defining mental illness; social control, tolerance and deviant behaviour; autonomy, rational choice and consent; competence and the right to refuse treatment.
PHIL5260 Distributive Justice and Scarce Medical Resources
An introduction to ethical issues in the allocation of health care: justice and equality; the right to equal health care; ethical rationing and QALYs.
PHIL5270 Current Developments in Health Care Ethics
Introduction to current ethical issues e.g. cloning, genetic screening, research ethics; developments in palliative care, ethics and public health
PHIL5280 Dissertation (MA students only)
On a subject of the student's choice, developed with the support of individual supervision.