The Centre for Ethics in Medicine at University of Bristol invites applications for the Welcome Trust Masters Scholarship in the 2022/2023 academic session.

The Department of Population Health offers an MSc by Research. The programme is one year full time and two years part time. Students with an interest in Ethics in Medicine can register for this degree and complete a project in Bioethics (this may include a legal component), supervised by the Centre for Ethics in Medicine.

There is no taught component in the degree but in house training will be provided where necessary by the Centre for Ethics in Medicine.


Depending on qualifications already obtained and the nature of the project to be undertaken, students may receive additional training on:

  • Research methods in bioethics
  • Health care ethics theory
  • Health care law

Some of these sessions will involve participation in existing programmes, including the BSc in Bioethics. Additional training is provided through research seminars and supervisor meetings.

Worth of Award

Successful applicants will be provided with:

  • Funding to cover their MSc-R tuition fees (approx. £4,500 for one year, full-time study)
  • A student stipend (£16,000)
  • Research expenses e.g. to cover data collection, transcription and/or travel/conferences


The most competitive candidates will be those with a first-class honours degree (or
international equivalent) in a subject relevant to the proposed research. However,
the minimum requirements to note are:

  • Candidates will have at least an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent).
  • Applicants may come from any pertinent discipline, although projects must fall within the topic area (below) and include an ethical and/or legal dimension related to healthcare.
  • If English is not your first language, please note that you will need to meet the English Language requirement of Profile B. This will be scrutinised at the second stage of application by the admission team.
  • International students are welcome to apply but should note that the funding
    available covers MSc-R tuition fees on a home student basis; international students
    will therefore need to self-fund the difference in the tuition fees that are payable.
  • Clinicians and other professionals are welcome to apply but should note that the
    stipend is set as per above.

How to Apply

  • Applications must be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. Interviews are expected to be held in mid-June.
  • There is a two-stage application process, first to allocate the available funding and second to secure an offer to study.
  • Stage one is an application for the Wellcome Trust MSc-R funding. If successful, you
    will be issued with a letter stating our intention to provide you with funding if you are
    accepted onto the MSc-R programme. Stage two is an application (which will be
    supported by us) for a place on the MSc-R programme.
  • Candidates must be successful at both stages in order to undertake the Wellcome Trust funded MSc-R.

Deadline: The deadline is 9am on Friday, April 29, 2022.


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