Medical Ethics and Palliative Care - MA

End-of-life healthcare decisions create challenging ethical dilemmas for practitioners, patients and families. Issues around duty of care, autonomy and consent, treatment purpose or medication costs can arise when managing symptoms and reducing pain. Our MA will give you a deeper, more systematic understanding of these issues, their moral and legal considerations. You’ll engage with current academic literature and latest research, learning from real and hypothetical case studies and news stories, discussing them among your peers. Designed for graduates and working professionals, it can be studied over one, two or five years in short, intensive teaching blocks.

Month of entry

  • September

Mode of study

  • Full time, Part time


Subject area

  • Ethics, Law

Fees for 2023/24 academic year

  • UK - Full time £8,000 per year.
    International - £17,700 per year.

    UK - Part time: Year 1: £5,800, Year 2: £3,000

Duration of study

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

Please note: this course is no longer accepting applications from international students for September 2023 entry

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.
Flexible block teaching delivery (typically three days) to allow you to study and work full-time with essay-based assessment (no exams)
Enjoy rich ethical debates with a diverse student cohort, which over the years has included professionals from medical, legal, religious, voluntary, social, education, and media backgrounds
Taught by trained philosophers, educators and lawyers
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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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