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Founded in 2002, Keele’s Centre for Professional Ethics (also known as PEAK – Professional Ethics at Keele) has been a leading centre for research and teaching in ethics for over a decade. The Centre was one of the first providers of training for research ethics committees in the UK and Ireland. We have one of the longest running MA programmes in Medical Ethics and Law.
Our courses are taught by staff who are active researchers and able to supervise research degrees (PhD and MPhil) in most fields of applied and professional ethics. Particular interests include: bioethics; commercial exploitation of the human body; the concept of eugenics; ethics and children; ethics and mental health; ethics and addiction; ethics of risk; ethics of resource allocation; ethics of policing and criminal justice; and research ethics.
We run a programme of public lectures in Healthcare Ethics and Law, sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and regularly hold conferences and workshops at Keele, which our students are encouraged to attend.
For further information about any of our activities please explore this site or contact us
Leaflets for specific courses may be downloaded from the Postgraduate Courses section of the site.
Read what people have said about our courses:
- The tutors were excellent and the cases used were very relevant, the tutors made the sessions interesting and held our attention well. Feedback from a student on the MA Medical Ethic and Law
- I found the taught sessions very useful. The lecturers are well informed in regards to their subject matter and deliver them with enthusiasm. There are good opportunities to engage in discussions and to ask questions. Feedback from a student on the MA Ethics of Social Welfare
- The sessions, as always, were very informative and thought provoking, incorporating good debate and interesting thoughts to enhance the teaching. Feedback from a student on the Professional Doctorate in Medical Ethics
- Very dynamic, knowledgeable and interesting. Presented topics/ cases/ materials very well and kept everyone involved. Incorporated variety of experiences and expertise levels of participants very skilfully. Comment from a delegate attending a Research Ethics Training course
- All excellent, clearly very knowledgeable, helpful, clear, sociable, and I found the two days very stimulating, interesting and enjoyable. Comment from a delegate attending a Research Ethics Training course