Medical Ethics and Palliative Care - MA

This programme provides an opportunity to undertake in-depth study of healthcare ethics and law relating to palliative and end-of-life care. Students develop the ability to think systematically and critically about the moral and legal issues encountered by healthcare professionals, managers and policymakers in this field. Ideal for working professionals or recent graduates with interests in palliative care, the programme comprises four taught modules plus a dissertation on a topic chosen by the student. Teaching takes place in short, intensive blocks to facilitate combining study with full-time work, and the course may be studied flexibly over one, two or five years.

Month of entry

  • October

Mode of study

  • Full time, Part time


Subject area

  • Ethics, Law

Fees for 2024/25 academic year

  • UK - Full time: £9,800 per year
    UK - Part time: Year 1: £6,900, Year 2: £3,000
    International - Full time: £19,500 per year

Duration of study

  • Full time - 1 year, Part time - 2 years, Modular - Up to 5 years

Why study Medical Ethics and Palliative Care at Keele University?

A pioneer in medical ethics and law education, Keele’s programmes are among the longest running in the UK, delivered continuously since 1987.
Block teaching delivery (typically three days per module) allows you to combine part-time study with work full-time – ideal for healthcare professionals.
Enjoy rich ethical debates, share experiences, and learn about different practices and perspectives with a diverse student cohort.
Taught by staff with expertise in both law and philosophy, and with experience in delivering courses for professionals.
This programme is available to intercalating medical students.
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MA Medical Ethics and Palliative Care (MEPC) at Keele University

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Keele Postgraduate Association

Keele University is one of a handful of universities in the UK to have a dedicated students' union for postgraduate students. A fully registered charity, Keele Postgraduate Association serves as a focal point for the social life and welfare needs of all postgraduate students during their time at Keele.

KPA interior

Hugely popular, the KPA Clubhouse (near Horwood Hall) provides a dedicated postgraduate social space and bar on campus, where you can grab a bite to eat and drink, sit quietly and read a book, or switch off from academic life at one of the many regular events organised throughout the year. The KPA also helps to host a variety of conferences, as well as other academic and career sessions, to give you and your fellow postgraduates the opportunities to come together to discuss your research, and develop your skills and networks.

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