Dr Sarah Carter-Walshaw

Dr Sarah Carter-Walshaw


My educational background is in philosophy, medical ethics, and bioethics. I have a BA in Philosophy from Roehampton University and an MA in Health Care Ethics from the IDEA Centre at the University of Leeds. After my Masters, I completed an AHRC-funded PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester; my thesis explored the ethical and legal implications of Moral Bioenhancement. Throughout my time at Manchester I also worked as an ethics tutor in the Leeds Institute of Medical Education.

Following submission of my PhD in 2017, I worked at Lancaster University as a postdoctoral research associate on the Wellcome Trust funded project ‘The Donation and Transfer of Reproductive Materials’, where I explored ethical issues relating to in vitro gametogenesis (for reproductive purposes), uterus transplants, and ectogenesis. In 2018 I joined the IDEA Centre as a lecturer in applied and interdisciplinary ethics. 


  • Programme Lead BA/MA Biomedical Health Care Ethics
  • IDEA Academic Lead for Dentistry

Research interests

My principal research interests regard the ethical, social, and legal implications of emerging and hypothetical biotechnologies and interventions. I have a particular interest in the ethics of bioenhancement (especially moral bioenhancement) and the ethics of emerging reproductive technologies (such as IVG and artificial wombs). A list of my publications can be found on Google Scholar.


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  • BA Philosophy (University of Roehampton)
  • MA Health Care Ethics (IDEA, University of Leeds)
  • PhD Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence (CSEP, University of Manchester)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

I oversee the IDEA Centre's provision of ethics teaching in the School of Dentistry and deliver teaching as part of this role. I teach on, and am Programme Lead for the BA/MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics programme at the IDEA Centre. I also deliver ethics teaching in the School of Chemistry.

I supervise MA dissertations on the MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics (both campus and online) and I am interested in supervision of PhDs in medical ethics more broadly – but particularly in enhancement ethics, or in the ethics of emerging reproductive biotechnologies.

My office hours are typically Tuesday 2–3pm and Friday 2–3pm. However, as my timetable can be very irregular, I recommend emailing me in advance if possible. 

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