In the Philosophy in Medicine course, we explore key philosophical aspects of contemporary medicine. We begin with an introduction to western philosophy that focuses of key schools of thought such as virtue theory, deontology and consequentialism. We look at how these theoretical foundations relate to healthcare settings, and how we can use critical thought to identify and think through contemporary issues. Through a series of interactive seminars led by eminent speakers and rising stars within the field of bioethics, we question, for example, what is health; who do we consider a person; how do we determine values? We then apply these theoretical ethical issues to healthcare context while also inducting course participants in the elements of constructing good philosophical arguments. We will draw upon theories from philosophy, clinical cases from our practices and from the media, and seminal legal cases to demonstrate the live ethical and more broadly philosophical challenges of medicine and healthcare today. The course and examination both give ample scope for participants to develop their own interests in the field.
Co-Course Directors, Philosophy of Medicine Course
Dr Andrew N Papanikitas FRCGP, PhD Mr Peter Young, M.Bioethics
The course runs in parallel with the History of Medicine and is intended to give a grounding in philosophical aspects of medical practice, including ethics, as applied to clinical practice. It also provides preparation for those wishing to take the Society of Apothecaries' diploma examination (DPMSA).
Please note: The course will run on Saturdays via Zoom from October 2022-June 2023 on zoom unless we are able to be in the venues. Contact the Faculty Manager for any questions.
Annual Course fee 2022-2023
£1,025 Full fee
£660 Student rate (Proof of student status required)
£80 Drop-in classes (please mention which course days you would like to attend when emailing application form)
Closing date: 30 November 2022
Exam Bursaries Criteria
Course programme for 2022-23 - click here. Please note this programme is subject to changes.
Reading list - click here
Essay title - click here
Application form & T&Cs
Please fill out the application form, read the terms and conditions, sign and email to the Faculty Manager - Click here
Please click here to pay for the course.
Course Insights, Philosophy by Dr Andrew Papanikitas
Eligibility, application and fees for the diploma examination are run separately by the Examinations Office; details can be obtained here.
The lecture formally known as the Sydney Selwyn Prize is in memory of Professor Sydney Selwyn (1934-1996), a medical microbiologist and bacteriologist, bone marrow transplant pioneer, and world-class expert in the history and development of medicine. The lecture is presented by the best candidate in the Diploma in the Philosophy of Medicine examination.
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