Advances in biomedicine, neuroscience, and public health raise some of the most difficult ethical and societal questions today. The Bioethics & Society Programme allows students to study these questions drawing on concepts, theories, and methods from philosophy and the social sciences. This enables students to understand how bioethics influences the world, and how they could make a contribution to advancing solutions to bioethical problems.


  • The only UK programme based in a social science department
  • Covers a broad range of ethical issues in clinical practice, biomedical research, genetics & reproduction, health policy & public health, and neuroscience & mental health
  • Allows students to understand the social and political contexts in which bioethical controversies arise and proposed solutions are developed
  • Offers a rigorous methods training in qualitative and quantitative research methods and empirical bioethics
  • Collaborates with other departments at King’s to serve students’ individual needs and interests and create exciting concentrations or career streams of optional modules
  • Provides skilled supervision to develop competence in executing a small-scale independent dissertation research project
  • Provides internship opportunities to enhance students’ employability and career opportunities
  • Offers individualised career support to build a strong CV, helping students to identify opportunities to present their work, gain practical experience, build professional networks, and secure funding

The programme is offered as a 1-year full time Master in Bioethics & Society, a 2-year part-time Master, a Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics & Society, or a Postgraduate Certificate in Bioethics & Society.

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