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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.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT)
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.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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

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

Options

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

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.

Funding

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.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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 degree

  • 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.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 22 staff › 36 taught students › 52 research students

Department: Philosophy

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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