The course is taught in the heart of London, with immediate access to King’s hospitals and laboratories, and close to government, health policy think-tanks, patient advocacy groups, medical and scientific societies, and the private health sector. We offer a unique ‘real-world’ approach to bioethics, allowing students to understand the social and political contexts in which bioethical controversies arise and proposed solutions are developed. In the course of their studies, students are equipped with essential knowledge and skills to make a contribution to resolving bioethical problems. In addition, internship opportunities enable students to gather practical insights and to build professional networks.
Course format and assessment
The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:
| Year or module||Lectures, seminars and feedback || Self-study (hours)|
| Per 15-credit module
|| 15 hours (usually 1.5 hours of lectures/ seminars per week over a 10 week term)
| Dissertation module
|| 6 half-hour supervisory sessions and 8 x 2 hour workshops
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
The department assesses students on a combination of essays, written examinations, oral presentations and the dissertation. The nature of assessment varies by module.
King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.