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New for 2012, the 3-4 year PhD programme in Science Ethics, with an annual ‘Science Ethics’ scholarship of up to £10,000

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New PhD programme and scholarship in Science Ethics

New for 2012, the 3-4 year PhD programme in Science Ethics, in the Faculty of Life Sciences, is based on an individual research project working with a specific academic supervisor(s).

The Faculty’s Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) has developed an overarching field of academic study in ‘Science Ethics’, which is conducted within the context of current and future trends in life sciences, and involves ‘bench-scientists’ in areas such as neuroscience, stem cell biology, reproduction, biosecurity and biofuels, as much as those with backgrounds in ethics, law, philosophy and governance. Distinct from the more traditional subject of Philosophy of Science and the more specific disciplines of Bioethics or Research Ethics, Science Ethics is important today owing to the truly interdisciplinary (and global) nature and impact of scientific research.

Suggested PhD project titles include:

Science and Society theme

  • Dual use technologies: how to make them ethical? (John Harris)
  • Scientific freedom versus public safety: how to square the circle? (John Harris)
  • Is pure, blue skies science ethical? (John Harris)
  • Addressing major research challenges: an examination of global dynamics affecting the contributions of science (Catherine Rhodes)
  • Regenerative medicine and human enhancement (John Harris / Sarah Chan)

Ethics of new and emerging technologies theme

  • Neuroscience, law and society: implications for criminal responsibility, machine-brain interfaces, neuroscience and freedom (Sarah Chan)
  • Animals and research (Sarah Chan)
  • Keeping up with the reproductive revolution: how science has transformed the traditional 'family' and the legal and ethical issues such advances give rise to (Amel Alghrani)
  • An exploration of how scientific advances in the realm of artificial reproductive technologies, such as artificial wombs (ectogenesis) and womb transplants threaten to close the gender divide and make the distinction between men and women redundant (Amel Alghrani)

Funding opportunity

Potential projects are available for self-funded or sponsored applicants. Applications for the ‘Science Ethics’ scholarship, for entry 2012/13, are now closed. Further details regarding future scholarships will be posted here in due course.

Did you know? The Wellcome Trust funds a small number of Ethics and Society Doctoral Studentships each year – let us know early if you wish to apply as we can assist with your application should you choose to study a PhD in Science Ethics at Manchester (in 2012 the deadline for this scheme was 30 March).

What is Science Ethics?

Read our Working Paper on Science Ethics [PDF 539KB]

Other PhD programmes in ethics and law at The University of Manchester

Members of iSEI also supervise students involved in ethics and law PhD programmes in the School of Law.

To find out more about these other courses and funding opportunities, visit the School of Law website.

The Institute welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students at any time (including for funded and unfunded studentships), not just in connection with a specific vacancy. Please view our research areas and contact us if you are interested in joining iSEI.

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