Professor Emeritus (Human & Health Sciences)
College of Human and Health Sciences

Professor Steven Edwards was born in Salford, and trained as a Psychiatric Nurse. After completing his training, Steven studied philosophy at Manchester University. Having taken up a post at Swansea University in 1995, Steven is part of the Philosophy and Ethics in Health Care team. Professor Edwards research is primarily focussed on Philosophy and Ethics in healthcare.

He has also completed a BA in Welsh from The University of Wales, Trinity St David and enjoys cycling and football.


  1. Efrydiau athronyddol: etifeddiaeth y dylid ei thrysori. Gwerddon 21(Ebrill), 13-25.
  2. Moral realism in nursing. Nursing Philosophy 15(2), 81-88.
  3. Harris, Disability, and the Good Life. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 23(01), 48-52.
  4. & Nursing practice and the definition of human death. Nursing Inquiry 10(4), 229-235.
  5. Ethical concerns regarding guidelines for the conduct of clinical research on children. Journal of Medical Ethics 31(6), 351-354.

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  • SHG016 Working in Welsh in the Health Care Setting

    This module is for healthcare students who have varying levels of Welsh-speaking ability, from having none at all to having a very basic, but rusty vocabulary. The module introduces students to some of the key everyday vocabulary they are likely to encounter in the clinical placements, such as basic greetings, asking how a person is feeling, about their family, likes and dislikes and so on as well as introducing some more specific vocabulary relating to parts of the body.

  • SHG016W Cymraeg yn y Gweithle

    Mae¿r modiwl hwn wedi¿i fwriadu ar gyfer myfyrwyr gofal iechyd sydd â lefelu amrywiol o ran gallu yn y Gymraeg, o¿r rhai sydd heb unrhyw Gymraeg o gwbl i¿r rhai sydd â rhywfaint o Gymraeg sylfaenol tu hwnt, ond sydd heb ei defnyddio ers amser. Mae¿r modiwl yn cyflwyno myfyrwyr i rywfaint o¿r eirfa ddyddiol allweddol y maent yn debyg o ddod ar ei thraws yn ystod eu lleoliadau clinigol, megis cyfarchion sylfaenol, gofyn sut y mae person yn teimlo, holi ynghylch eu teulu, hoff bethau a chas bethau ac yn y blaen yn ogystal â chyflwyno rhywfaint o eirfa fwy penodol yn ymwneud â rhannau o¿r corff.

  • SHG113 Working in Welsh in the Health Care Workplace

    This is a module for Welsh speaking students who already have a basic understanding of the language. The module will enable the student to gain confidence using language in the clinical context and extend their vocabulary to reflect the complexity of the healthcare context. It will focus primarily on spoken Welsh.

  • SHG113W Cymraeg yn y Gweithle 2

    Mae hwn yn fodiwl ar gyfer myfyrwyr sy¿n siarad Cymraeg sydd â dealltwriaeth sylfaenol eisoes o¿r iaith. Bydd y modiwl hwn yn galluogi myfyrwyr i ennill hyder wrth ddefnyddio¿r iaith mewn cyd-destun clinigol ac i ehangu eu geirfa i adlewyrchu cymhlethdod y cyd-destun gofal iechyd. Bydd yn canolbwyntio¿n bennaf ar Gymraeg llafar.

  • SHGM18 Foundations in Research

    The purpose of this module is to provide a critical understanding of the research process and methodological approaches to sound applied research. The module will be delivered in a systematic approach facilitating individual and group learning, and will stimulate the development of research skills that will enable learners to apply them in their work environment and contribute to strengthening the notion and implementation of evidence based practice.

  • SHH216 Health Promotion and Health Education

    This module provides a sound basis for a greater understanding of health promotion and health education to enable students to utilise health promotion in practice.

  • SHHM51 An Introduction to Health Care Law and Ethics for Physicians Associates

    This module will introduce students on the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) / MSc Physician¿s Associate Studies to the core concepts in health care law and ethics that will inform their practice.

  • SHPM49 The Boundaries of Life

    This module introduces and examines some of the fundamental ethical and philosophical issues at the beginnings and ends of life. These include the ethics of abortion, euthanasia, and the concepts of human death and moral status.

  • SHTM35 Researching Educational Practice

    This module aims to develop participants¿ awareness of the key issues, principles and practice of educational research and to provide the knowledge and understanding required to conduct small-scale research into their own practice.

  • SREM00 Sports Ethics and Ethical Theory

    This module develops an understanding of the need for ethical theory in sports ethics and of the role that the theories of deontology, consequentialism, rights theory and virtue ethics play within the organization of sport, and in the experience of sporting competitions. Students will come to appreciate the often hidden role that ethical theory plays in critical argumentation about key ethical issues in sports and sport integrity.