PhD Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence / Overview

Year of entry: 2022

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Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
3 years (full-time); 6 years (part-time)
Entry requirements
A good (UK First class or Upper Second class honours) bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline;


Either a master's degree in ethics, law, or a cognate discipline, at merit level (or overseas equivalent), with overall average of 65%, dissertation mark of 65% and no mark below 55%;


A suitable period (normally at least three years) of validated professional experience in a relevant field;

  1. a sample of written work demonstrating ability in the area of philosophical bioethics or medical law (2,000 to 5,000 words), and a brief outline of your proposed research topic [1-2 pages] View our research proposal guidelines ;
  2. a copy of your CV;
  3. two academic references;
  4. official transcripts and certificates from your previous degree programmes;
  5. a 1,500 to 2,000 word provisional research proposal indicating the area you are interested in pursuing;
  6. and if English is not your first language, a demonstrated proficiency in English, evidenced by an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent, with a minimum writing score of 7, or equivalent. (The certification must have been awarded in the two years prior to entry).

Applications are considered from September each year, for admission the following September. As places are limited on this programme, you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible to give you the best chance of securing a place. If you clearly fulfil the criteria but cannot be offered a place, you will be asked whether you would like to wait for possible cancellations in the ongoing round and/or would like to be considered again in a year's time.

Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit and promise, it may involve interviews and/or other types of preliminary on-site performance evaluation.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme overview

  • Join an innovative programme for a publication-based PhD. 
  • Work closely with the  Centre for Social Ethics and Policy , a leading bioethics and medical jurisprudence centre, which has a lively and productive research environment. 
  • Pursue a unique structured research programme containing taught elements designed to provide a solid skills basis for independent research in this area.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to find out more about our facilities and courses.

For more information, see open days .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £4,596
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): TBA
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £10,250
  • PhD (full-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £4,596
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,500
  • PhD (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): TBA
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £10,250

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.


Various funding opportunities are available to students applying for the three-year PhD degree course. In addition to submitting the relevant scholarship application, you must submit the PhD application (deadlines apply).

Please visit our schools how to apply page here: for terms and conditions, or email

References may be uploaded with your other supporting documents during the application process or emailed directly to

Contact details

School of Social Sciences
Contact name
School of Social Sciences

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