PhD Program in Biomedical Ethics and Law
University of Zurich
The University of Zurich launches a new PhD Program in Biomedical Ethics and Law (PhD BmEL). The Program is established by the Faculties of Medicine and Law and it is the first in Switzerland.
In particular the PhD BmEL’s goals are to:
• deepen participants’ understanding of global issues in biomedical ethics and law
• equip participants with the methodological tools used in bioethics and law to approach ethical dilemmas that arise in biomedicine and health care
• provide the intellectual environment as well as guidance that will allow participants to design and implement their own research project
• provide opportunities for students to interact with a wide international network of experts in the field of biomedical ethics and law
The program is addressed to medical doctors, lawyers and other qualified participants who already hold a Master`s degree (or equivalent) and are interested to pursue research in the area of biomedical ethics and law. The program is open to international students. It consists of required coursework and research which leads to a thesis. An attractive selection of core and elective courses is offered by local and international experts. Students can be admitted through the Faculty of Medicine or the Faculty of Law and can follow one of the two distinct tracks: medical track or law track.
The PhD BmEL/Medical Track is designed for PhD applicants interested in focusing on biomedical ethics and the interface between ethics, health law and human rights. The Faculty of Medicine through its Institute of Biomedical Ethics, coordinates this track and is responsible for the students admitted through the Faculty of Medicine. The medical track is an English language program.
The PhD BmEl/ Law Track The PhD BmEl/law track of the program is designed for PhD applicants interested in pursuing advanced studies and research in the areas of national and international medical law as well as health law. The Faculty of Law coordinates this track and is responsible for the students admitted though the Faculty of Law. The law track is a German language program.
Funding: Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek fellowships that allow them to pursue their studies. Some financial assistance may be provided through the Institute of Biomedical Ethics depending on available resources.
The PhD program commences in September 2009.
Applications are accepted until April 30 2009.
For more information, please check our website: www.bmel.uzh.ch/med
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