PhD bursaries: Healthcare ethics, disability rights, distributive and social justice, professional ethics

Two opportunities for fully-funded PhD research are available within the Social Ethics Research Group (SERG) at the University of Wales, Newport.  Key to the group’s interests are the application of political, ethical and social philosophy to issues of pressing contemporary social concern.  Specialist interests of staff include:

* Distributive and social justice
* The welfare state
* Disability rights
* Professional ethics
* Toleration and multiculturalism
* Equality
* Human rights
* Liberalism
* Migration
* Democracy
* Authority and legitimation
* Environmental ethics
* Healthcare ethics

Start date: either September 2010 or February 2011

Bursary value: £13,290 p.a. + tuition fees waiver (full time, 3 years; full waiver for EU students only)

To apply email a research proposal including a short indicative bibliography (up to 1000 words in total), CV including contact details for two referees, and a covering letter to

Deadline for application: 2 August 2010

Shortlisted candidates will be asked for a sample of written work and invited for an on-campus interview. Interviews will be held in mid-August 2010.

For informal enquiries please email or – further information here.

The Newport Social Ethics Research Group (SERG) combines research and teaching in a range of fields in the social domain, with special emphasis on political, social and ethical theory – and on the points of intersection between these areas. At the heart of the Group’s concerns is the aim of bringing theoretical debates and developments to bear on contemporary social trends, policies and controversies. To achieve those aims members of SERG pursue individual research as well as collaborative research projects funded by external bodies such as the AHRC, ESRC, HEFCW and the European Commission. The Group’s new MA programme in Social Ethics and Public Advocacy constitutes a further step in the direction of effective integration of theory, policy, and practice.


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