Sunday, January 4, 2009

Masters Degrees in Philosophy of Psychiatry thriving in the UK

The MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder at King's College London has been running successfully for over 10 years now. The MA / MSc in Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health at Warwick University (now houses in their Medical School) is still running. Now the University of Central Lancashire has a masters program in Philosophy and Mental Health.

Yet here in the USA, there are no such programs, and there's little prospect of any starting in the near future. It's disappointing that the North American educational system is so conservative, and innovation is so difficult here. My main hope is that one of the current masters programs in bioethics will start to allow for specialization in mental health issues, or possibly that the rush of interest in neuroethics will translate into new masters programs in that area.

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