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Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,755
  • Overseas Full-time: £17,250

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.


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Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health MA

The Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health MA aims to equip students with the skills necessary to play an informed role in debates concerning distributive justice and health. It explores the central ethical, economic and political problems facing health policy in the UK and abroad, especially in relation to social justice.


Overview

What will I learn?

The programme covers relevant areas of moral and political theory, political and historical analysis, and economics, to allow students to come to a wide understanding of background issues, history and constraints, in order to be able to make a positive contribution to current debates in this field.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This MA is the only Master's programme in the world of its type, as far as its teachers are aware. The compulsory modules provide necessary core skills, while the wide range of options enables students to further their own particular interests.

Students benefit from UCL's location in London, which is one of the world centres of philosophical activity, home of a number of internationally renowned journals (Philosophy; Mind & Language; Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society) and which enjoys regular visiting speakers from across the world. London has over 60 active philosophers making it one of the largest and most varied philosophical communities in the world.

UCL is also at the forefront of research in interdisciplinary health and applied philosophy, through units such as the Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health, the Institute for Global Health and the Institute of Health Equity. The programme draws on highly regarded researchers in a range of UCL departments, and students benefit by instruction from some of the leaders in their fields.


Structure

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), optional modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, three core modules (45 credits), optional modules (75 credits), full-time one year, flexible three to five years, is offered.

Core Modules

  • Philosophy Politics and Economics of Health
  • Health Policy and Reform
  • Cost-benefit Analysis and Health

Options

  • Comparative Human Rights Law
  • Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy I and II
  • Death, Dying and Consequences
  • Disability and Development
  • Ethics in Welfare Economics
  • General Philosophy: Epistemology and Metaphysics
  • General Philosophy: Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Global Health and Development
  • Global Justice and Health
  • Graduate Studies in Moral Philosophy, Ethics and Regulation of Research
  • Health Inequalities over the Life-course
  • Key Principles of Health Economics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Normative Ethics
  • Public Ethics
  • Research in Philosophy, Justice and Health
  • Modules from other UCL Master's-level programmes, subject to approval from the Course Director and timetabling constraints.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Student performance is assessed through examinations, presentations and coursework (depending on the options chosen), and the dissertation.


Courses

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), optional modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

· PHILGA57 Philosophy Politics and Economics of Health -  This module examines some central ethical, economic and political problems facing health policy in the UK and abroad, especially in relation to social justice. Topics covered include: the allocation of scarce healthcare resources; the appropriate role of the state in protecting and promoting health (e.g. obesity and public policy); health inequalities and inequities; screening and risk; and special challenges posed by infectious diseases.

· PUBLG002 Health Policy and Reform This module provides a comparative examination of health reform. It enables students to analyse different kinds of health systems and reforms, and their likely health, financial and political effects consequences. The main aims of the module are: to enable students to describe and analyse health systems in terms of basic financial, organisational, political, professional and health parameters; to review the impact of common types of health reforms, taking into account the domestic environment; to identify factors likely to affect health systems in the future (e.g. demographic and technological change; globalisation).

· PHILGA56 Cost-benefit Analysis and Health -  This module examines the issues of efficiency, equity and cost-effectiveness and their application to health care. The module explores the justification for using economics in health care, how to measure and value health outcomes for economic evaluations of health care technologies, and techniques for the economic evaluation of health care technologies.  Through the module students should develop the ability to: read reports of published cost-effectiveness analyses, including NICE appraisals, and to appreciate their implications for health policy and management; make use of common methods and instruments for measuring and valuing health outcomes; conduct a simple economic evaluation; and critically appraise published economic evaluations of health care technologies.

· PPEHG099 Dissertation - All students do a extended dissertation (up to 12,000 words) on a topic of their choosing. Recent dissertation topics include: the Human Right to Health, the Ethics of Health Nudges, Dementia and Personhood, Access to Essential Medicines, and the Ethics of Polio Eradication. 

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 12,000 words on a topic of their choosing. Recent dissertation topics include: the Human Right to Health, the Ethics of Health Nudges, Dementia and Personhood, Access to Essential Medicines, and the Ethics of Polio Eradication.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Student performance is assessed through examinations, presentations and coursework (depending on the options chosen), and the dissertation.

Approved Optional Modules

· PHILGA04 Global Justice and Health 

· PHILGA36 Research in Philosophy, Justice and Health

· PHILGA09 General Philosophy: Moral and Political Philosophy

· PHILGA10 General Philosophy: Epistemology and Metaphysics

· PHILGA25 Normative Ethics

· PHILGA33 Graduate Studies in Moral Philosophy

· MEDCG005 Ethics and Regulation of Research

· EPIDGS42 Health inequalities over the lifecourse

· CIHDG007 Key Principles of Health Economics 

· CIHD3003 Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health 

· CIHDG043 Death, Dying and Consequences 

· CIHDG011 Disability and Development 

· CIHDG039 Global Health and Development: Emerging Policy Debates 

· ANTHGD12 Medical Anthropology 

· PUBLG037 Public Ethics

· PUBLGL08 Contemporary Political Philosophy 1

· PUBLGL09 Contemporary Political Philosophy 2

· PUBLG081 Global Ethics

· PUBLG054 Political Economy of Development

· PUBLG084 Social Value and Public Policy, Health and the Environment 

· LAWSG142 Law and Governance of Global Health

· LAWSG068 Comparative Human Rights Law

· LAWSG068A Comparative Human Rights Law

· ECONG052 Ethics in Welfare Economics

· HPSCGA20 Medieval Science and Medicine in Global Perspective 

· HPSCGA47 Responsible Science and Innovation 

· HPSCGA23 Science, Art and Philosophy 

· HPSCGA26 Models and Facts in Science 

· HPSCGA27 Causality, Mechanism and Evidence in Science 

· HPSCGA29 Disease in History 

· HPSCGA46 Science, Technology, and Identity

Entry

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; however, relevant employment/volunteering will be taken into consideration.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for graduates with a background in medicine, social science or philosophy who wish to specialise in this area. It will also be of interest to those already working in the health service, whether in a managerial, policy or medical role.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health at graduate level
  • why you want to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme offers.


Funding

Funding

Applicants for this programme may be eligible for a number of funding opportunities including UCL graduate scholarships.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website: www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships


NEW: We have two Bentham Scholarships of £5000 (towards the payment of course fees) for MA PPE Health this year. All students applying for full-time study are eligible, including UK, EU and Overseas students. All completed applications received by the 31st May will be considered for the bursaries -- there is no separate application procedure. The bursaries will be awarded on academic excellence.

Careers

Career

Graduates have gone on to funded research in bioethics and in health policy, and to jobs in the health service, law, journalism, as well as medical education.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • One Crown Office, Barrister, 2012
  • Taipei University, Research Assistant, 2012
  • NHS, Graduate Management Trainee, 2012
  • Radiology Reporting Online, Quality Assurance Administrator, 2011
  • UCL, PhD in Bioethics, 2011

Employability

The programme gives students the ability to think precisely and rigorously about complex problems in healthcare and beyond; to work with others to explore solutions; and to write cogently and concisely. Public and private sector health employers and NGOs particularly prize these skills in graduates. The skills that the course teaches also provide an ideal springboard to further academic study.


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