Graduate Diploma in Bioethics
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The University of Sydney Bioethics program provides a comprehensive overview of the field of bioethics through interdisciplinary coursework at postgraduate level.
Core units cover philosophical, sociological, and legal approaches to bioethics. Students can also pursue areas of special interest in bioethics, such as biotechnology, clinical ethics, research ethics, public health ethics, health law and mental health ethics.
The program provides a stimulating and diverse environment for learning. The academics are all active researchers with backgrounds in medicine, health law, philosophy, sociology and public health, and the program attracts students from a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds across the health professions, the health sciences, and the humanities and social sciences.
Students can choose to enrol in a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or a master's degree. Our flexible study program also allows you to start at the graduate certificate level and proceed to the master's degree.
Courses are offered in a variety of formats to suit students who have other demands on their time. All units of study are offered both on campus (if minimum attendance numbers are met) and via distance learning.
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Bioethics complete 36 credit points made up of one core unit of study - Introduction to Ethical Reasoning (6cp), two foundational units of study (12cp) and three elective or foundational units of study (18cp). Full time study can normally be completed over the course of 2 semesters, with 3 units taken per semester. Your individual study plan will depend on the availability of units in a given semester.
Further course information
Bioethicists work in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, health law, health and public policy, science communication and related fields.
For further information see the Public Health website: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/public-health/future-student/study-program/coursework-degrees/bioethics.php
Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Bioethics requires: (a) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification in the field of science, medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, philosophy/ethics, sociology, anthropology, history, law or other relevant field; or (b) completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate or equivalent qualification.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.