Master in Bioethics & Society

Core programme content
Non-core content

15-35 credits of optional modules taught by the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine or other departments at King’s. Modules may also be audited.

We are committed to a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach to bioethics, and we encourage students to shape their non-core curriculum according to their individual interests and needs. Students may therefore take up to 35 credits of optional modules from other departments at King’s, including the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Political Economy, the Department of War Studies, the Department of Geography, the Centre for Medical Law & Ethics, and the Centre for the Humanities & Health.

To guide students in their choice of optional modules, we have grouped the available options around five concentrations or career streams:

1) Research Ethics / Clinical Ethics: Pharmaceuticals & SocietyTranslational ResearchEthics of Clinical ResearchResearching Vulnerable Populations; and other modules offered at the Department of Philosophy (e.g. Perspectives in Death & Killing), the Centre for Medical Law & Ethics (e.g. Psychiatric Ethics), or the Centre for the Humanities & Health (e.g. Narrative Medicine)

2) Genetics & Reproduction: Genomics & SocietyPharmaceuticals & Society; Ethics of Enhancement in Medicine & Sport; and other modules offered at the Department of Philosophy (e.g. Gender & Philosophy),the Centre for Medical Law & Ethics (e.g. Reproductive Ethics), or the Department of Education (e.g. Children’s Rights)

3) Health Policy & Public Health: Pharmaceutical & Society; Population, Ageing & PolicyAgeing, Health & Society; and other modules offered at the Department of Philosophy (e.g. Political Philosophy), the Department of Political Economy (e.g. Liberty, Equality & Justice: Political Theory & Public Policy), the Department of Management (e.g. Key issues in Health Policy), or the Department of Geography (e.g. Health, Lifestyles and Cities)

4) Neuroscience & Mental Health: Psychiatry, Culture & Globalisation; War, Trauma & Psychiatry; and other modules offered at the Department of Philosophy (e.g. Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology), the Centre for Medical Law & Ethics (e.g. Psychiatric Ethics, Autism & Ethics), or the Centre for the Humanities & Health (e.g. Narrative Medicine)

5) Global Trends: Critical Global HealthGlobal Health EthicsPolitics of Disasters & EmergenciesGlobal Bioeconomy; Ageing in a Global Context; and other modules offered at the Department of War Studies (e.g. Ethics in International Relations), the Department of Political Economy (e.g. Liberty, Equality & Justice: Political Theory & Public Policy), or the Department of Education (e.g. Global Childhoods)

The streams are not compulsory, but intended to help students choose their non-core content on the basis of their career ambitions. All optional modules are open to all students. The attending of modules from other departments at King’s must be approved by the respective module leader and the director of the Bioethics & Society programme.

In addition to the above options, the following modules are offered at the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine and open to all students:

NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.