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The Centre undertakes research and funded projects on bioethics especially relating to end of life care, organ donation and genomic editing. We have a number of doctoral students in bioethics and applications for doctoral supervision are encouraged. Recently completed and ongoing doctoral thesis topics include Eastern approaches to assisted suicide and euthanasia, the lived experience of infertile couples using Naprotechnology or IVF, the teaching of controversial bioethics topics in the GSCE curriculum and sexual metaphysics of transgenderism.

Dr Trevor Stammers or Dr Pia Matthews both welcome informal preliminary inquiries. Formal applications should be submitted via  PhD students in Bioethics form part of the Doctoral College of the University

All the Centre staff are actively engaged in research in areas including care of the dying, disability, genome editing, organ transplantation and the responsibilities of creators to their creatures.

The New Bioethics- A Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body  is a quarterly journal with a rapidly expanding global reach. Doctoral student are encouraged to write book reviews and papers and become reviewers for the journal during their studies.


CBET is involved with the teaching of:

Public Engagement

The Centre puts on a regular series of public seminars on major issues in bioethics.  Recent seminar topics have included care of children with rare disorders, theological philosophy of dementia, beginning of life ethics, animal ethics, disorders of consciousness, the ethics of ‘big data’ management in healthcare and conscientious objection in medicine.

Centre staff also regularly comment in the press and appear in broadcast media on a regular basis as well as blogging on the University webpages.

Recent public events have included:

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