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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible 3-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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 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 unitsl 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.
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 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.
Further details available on subject website:
Applicants for this programme may be eligible for a number of funding opportunities including UCL Graduate scholarships.
The department also has a Wollheim fund supported by alumni to support graduate students.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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 1 August 2014.
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
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
- National Clinical Assesment Service, Assesment Support Manager, 2011
- Radiology Reporting Online, Quality Assurance Administrator, 2011
- UCL, PhD Bioethics, 2011
- Queen Mary University London, ESRC PhD Studentship, 2011
- University of Michigan Medical School, Student, 2011
The programme gives students rhe 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.
"UCL Philosophy combines the intimacy that you get with a faculty of around 15, as well as the breadth and depth of expertise of a much larger faculty, as it is part of the wider London philosophical scene."
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Southampton, 2011
"The university is also a gateway for accessing a broader philosophy scene in London, such as the Aristotelian Society and the Institute of Philosophy."
Junior Research Fellow, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University
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