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University of Humanistic Studies Studying Programmes and courses Master of Care Ethics and Policy


What constitutes good care?

Reflecting on care

Healthcare in the Netherlands and Belgium is under pressure. Growing technological possibilities, a more articulate demand, the further professionalisation of care-giving occupations, funding cutbacks, market principles and changes to care systems: these are just some of the factors that require reflection. Care providers often do not get the appreciation they deserve. Patients feel that they are not heard. A social debate is brewing on whether our healthcare provides good care. These are serious issues that demand serious study.

Care-ethical perspective

The one-year Master programme of Care Ethics and Policy familiarises students with the concept of care ethics and with reflection on various care domains from a care-ethical perspective. We are developing a vision on care through research conducted in the care sector itself, since the patient’s own perspective and that of the professional care provider are essential to care ethics. After all, caring always takes place within a relationship.


In addition to care ethics, intercultural questions also play a leading role. The question of what constitutes good care, also in a moral perspective, is asked in a society made up of people with different religions, worldviews and cultures. This demands reflection on and the development of a personal vision. This Master programme offers systematic reflection, as well as the skills to perform research in the care sector.

Lecturers, grounded in practice

The lecturers of the Master programme Care Ethics and Policy have close ties to care institutions. Through education and research and through advisory councils and ethical committees, they are closely involved with the processes and developments in care institutions. Together they form the department of Care and Wellbeing. You can find an overview of the members of the Care Ethics research group elsewhere on this page (Menu Research).

Here, you can have a look at the curriculum.



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