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Centre for Social Ethics and Policy

Expert research on the ethical issues that shape healthcare, science and policy

The Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP) has developed unmatched expertise in healthcare ethics and medical law spanning the last four decades. Founded by two of the leaders in this field, Professor John Harris and Professor Margaret Brazier, the Centre continues be at the forefront of research in this area both nationally and internationally.

As well as our individual research CSEP has an impressive record in collaborative research with many large international research projects co-ordinated by our staff as well as regular small funded workshops to explore ethical and legal issues. Staff from the centre publish on variety of issues in this often controversial and challenging field including the ethical and legal issues around topics such as assisted suicide and euthanasia, the role of the criminal law in medicine and healthcare, mental health and capacity issues, reproduction, and the uses of human organs and tissues. 

We offer postgraduate taught courses, both campus-based and by distance, and also have around 30 PhD students conducting independent research in all areas of healthcare ethics, bioethics and medical law. All our students are an important and integral part of our research community and contribute to research and teaching in the Centre.

Alongside postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes we offer a number of short Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in ethics and law. These CPD courses are taken online and are available to healthcare professionals and non-healthcare professionals alike, giving you access to study that fits around your schedule.