Mr Richard Edwards
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Fees and 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
Research Assessment Rating
75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
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.
What will I learn?
The programme covers relevant areas of moral and political theory, economics, and political and historical analysis, 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 new MA is the only Master's programme in the world of its type, as far as its teachers are aware. The compulsory courses 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.
The programme is able to draw on highly regarded researchers in a range of UCL departments, and students benefit by instruction from some of the leaders in their fields. Students also benefit from UCL's location in London, which is one of the world's centres for study in philosophy, politics, economics and health.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year (flexible 3-5 years)
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).
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 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.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of a lower second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
Applications are considered up until September of the year of entry. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
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
This is a relatively recent programme. 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.
First destinations of recent MA graduates of the department include:
- White and Case: Legal Assistant
- Freie Universität Berlin: Research Assistant Classics/Philosophy
- College of Law: GDL Law Conversion Course
- Shanghai Talk magazine: Journalism Intern
- Unicorn Theatre: Press and Marketing Assistant
- World Association of Non-Governmental Organisations: Publishing Assistant
- King's College London: Personal Assistant
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: