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PhD funding in ethics and/ or law at Manchester School of Law

28 Jan, 13 | by Iain Brassington

Details here; bioethics PhDs are available in the conventional form, or as a structured PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence.

NB: the first deadlines are next week, so get your skates on.


Call for Participants: Concepts of Mental Health

8 Jan, 13 | by Iain Brassington

British Postgraduate Philosophy Association Masterclass 2013
April 12th-13th, University College London

This year’s BPPA masterclass will be on concepts of mental health, and applications are invited from graduate researchers within the field of philosophy and mental health.

A masterclass involves a mixture of seminars, group workshops, presentations by students and experts and critical discussion.  The small number of participants (8-10) means that all will have a chance to speak and discuss their research as well as getting to know others working in similar areas.  It is an excellent way of deepening and broadening understanding of a given area and further developing one’s own research.

This year’s masterclass will be led by experts committed to furthering interdisciplinary research into mental health issues, combining philosophical training with clinical experience.  Professor Bill Fulford is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health at the University of Warwick and is a Member of the Philosophy Faculty at the University of Oxford.  His previous posts include Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Oxford and Special Adviser for Values-Based Practice in the Department of Health.  Dr Hanna Pickard is a fellow of All Souls College at the University of Oxford and a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Clinical Ethics Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.  She also holds a clinical post as a therapist at the Complex Needs Service with the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.  The experts will be leading group-workshops and seminars and will present on their own research over the course of the masterclass.

The broad focus of the masterclass will be on exploring the varying conceptions of mental health and illness and the assumptions accompanying and lying behind these conceptions.  The aim is to explore the assumptions and often false dichotomies which shape perceptions of mental health, from the perceptions of those in the field of psychiatry to those found amongst other medical professionals and the non-medical public.  Topics we expect to be discussed include, but are not restricted to

  • free will, responsibility and related notions and their applications and misapplications within understanding of mental health problems, in particular in relation to addiction;
  • the effect of neurological research on conceptions of mental health;
  • the distinction between cognitive disorders and personality disorders;
  • the extent to which mental illness can and ought to be understood within the framework of physical illness.

The precise content of the masterclass will be in part determined by the research interests of the participants and there will be opportunities for 6 participants to present their own research.

To apply, send an academic CV (including any relevant clinical or practical experience) with a cover letter stating your area of research, the relevance of your research to the masterclass and what you could contribute to the masterclass (500 words max).  Please also state whether you would like to present on your research (presentations will be brief – about 20 minutes each). Please also attach a reference from your supervisor (if applicable), confirming your interest and that you would make a valuable contribution to the masterclass.

The masterclass will be held at University College London.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days and accommodation for those coming from outside of London.  There may also be some small travel bursaries available.

Deadline for applications: February 15th

Please send applications and any queries to:

Twitter: @BPPAmasterclass


[IB adds: This looks excellent, and anyone working in this field should definitely consider going.  And the rest of us should just pray that it’s videotaped and uploaded to YouTube…]

Graduate Workshop on Pain, Birmingham, 11th June

21 Apr, 10 | by Iain Brassington


Stuart Derbyshire (Psychology, Birmingham): “The difficulty of locating the beginnings of pain”.

David Bain (Philosophy, Glasgow): “Pain and Imperatives”


If you are a postgraduate (taught or research) student working on pain, you are invited to submit an abstract for presentation at the workshop.

Deadline is 30th April. A contribution to travel expenses is available for selected graduate speakers, thanks to the support of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Details here:

Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele PGT Open Day – Updated

23 Mar, 10 | by Iain Brassington

The Centre for Professional Ethics & the School of Law at Keele University would like to invite you to attend their postgraduate taught courses open day on the 31st of March – between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm at the Claus Moser Research Centre, Keele University.

Update: Details of the event can be found here:

And an RSVP form can be found here:

Keele’s Centre for Professional Ethics (also known as PEAK – Professional Ethics at Keele) is amongst the largest and most successful providers of postgraduate ethics courses in Europe, with over 200 postgraduate students, eight permanent academic staff, and a portfolio of five distinctive MA / PgDip programmes as well as the UK’s first Professional Doctorate in Medical Ethics


Manchester MA/ Intercalated MSc in Health Care Ethics & Law – Open Preview Event

23 Feb, 10 | by David Hunter

University of Manchester

The Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester has places available on its MA and Intercalated MSc in Health Care Ethics & Law programmes for the academic year 2010-11; further details can be found via the link at

There will be an open event on the 3rd March; prospective students are invited to come along from 1 o’clock to meet the team, and to attend and participate in our weekly Senior Seminar from 2 o’clock.

For further information about the MSc, or the event, contact the Programme Director, Iain Brassington, via; for information about the MA, contact Charles Erin, via

Postgraduate studentships in Bioethics and Biolaw (MA/MSc/MPhil/PhD)

12 Mar, 09 | by David Hunter

More than £300,000 funding is available for postgraduate studentships in the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) and Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP) at The University of Manchester.


Studentship: PhD Ethics and Technology (Ethical Aspects of Modelling in Engineering) Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

24 Jan, 09 | by David Hunter

Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Eindhoven, (Noord-Brabant), 40 hours per week

Job description
The PhD student is expected to do both supervised and unsupervised research, write a PhD thesis and research papers on ethical issues regarding modeling and to participate in activities of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. A small part of the studentship may involve teaching in courses offered by the section.

Required education/skills:University Graduate

  • Your prior studies and current interests prepare you to do research on and write a thesis on ethical issues related to modelling in the engineering sciences.
  • In particular, you have a Master degree in philosophy, with a proven interest in ethics and technology, or a Master degree in engineering science, with a proven interest in ethical issues. Prior knowledge of modelling techniques in engineering sciences is a strong recommendation.
  • You aspire to further academic development, you possess excellent analytical skills and you know how to make contact outside your immediate working environment.
  • You must have sufficient knowledge of the English language, proved by an IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 7. Knowledge of Dutch is not (initially) required.

More details here:

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