Bioethics

Admission requirements

In general, admission to the Graduate Certificate in and the Graduate Diploma in Bioethics requires an undergraduate degree in Science, Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, Philosophy/Ethics, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Law or other relevant field.

Admission to the Master of Bioethics requires an undergraduate degree with a credit average in Science, Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, Philosophy/Ethics, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Law or other relevant field.

See course rules for further details.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Bioethics requires the successful completion of 24 credit points of units of study including:

  • 6 credit points from core units of study; and
  • 12 credit points from Part 1 of the Table of units of study; and
  • 6 credit points from Part 1 or Part 2 of the Table of units of study.

The Graduate Diploma in Bioethics requires the successful completion of 36 credit points of units of study including:

  • 6 credit points from core units of study; and
  • 12 credit points from Part 1 of the Table of units of study; and
  • 18 credit points from Part 1 or Part 2 of the Table of units of study.

The Master of Bioethics, coursework pathway, requires the successful completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 6 credit points from core units of study; and
  • 24 credit points from Part 1 of the Table of units of study; and
  • 18 credit points from Part 1 or Part 2 of the Table of units of study.

Master of Bioethics candidates with credit average in 24 credit points of study may be admitted to the research pathway. The research pathway requires the successful completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 6 credit points from core units of study; and
  • 24 credit points from Part 1 of the Table of units of study; and
  • 6 credit point from Part 2 of the Table of unit of study; and
  • 12 credit points from Part 3 of the Table of units of Study.

Sample pattern of enrolment and pathways

All students must complete the required number of credit points for core and foundational units of study. If you enrol in a master's or graduate diploma, you may also elect to structure your program of study according to one of five different pathways that allow you to specialise in a specific area of bioethics according to your plans for future employment and/or research. These pathways are:


The units of study for each pathway are shown in the tables below for students enrolled in the Master’s degree. Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma must complete the core unit of study, Introduction to Ethical Reasoning (BETH 5101), plus two further units of study from Part 1 of the Table of Units of study, plus an additional three units of study selected from Part 1 or Part 2 of the Table of Units of study. The Research pathway is available only to Master’s students who have attained a credit or better over 24 credit points of study from the program, and who have an appropriate supervisor.

Public Health Ethics Pathway

Units of Study

Credit points

Core units of study

BETH5101
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
 6
Part 1 units of study
BETH5000
Critical Concepts in Bioethics
 6
BETH5102
Philosophy of Medicine
 6
BETH5103
Biomedicine and Society
 6

BETH5104
Bioethics, Law and Society

or

BETH5207
Arts in Health

 6

Part 2 units of study

BETH5203
Ethics and Public Health
 6
BETH5202
Human and Animal Research Ethics
 6
PUBH5422
Health and Risk Communication
 6

 

Research Ethics Pathway

Units of Study Credit points
Core units of study
BETH5101
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
 6
Part 1 units of study
BETH5000
Critical Concepts in Bioethics
 6
BETH5102
Philosophy of Medicine
 6
BETH5103
Biomedicine and Society
 6
BETH5104
Bioethics, Law and Society
 6
Part 2 units of study
BETH5201
Ethics and Biotechnology
 6
BETH5202
Human and Animal Research Ethics
 6
One additional 'BETH' code unit of study from Part 2 of the Table  6

 

Clinical Ethics Pathway

Units of Study Credit points
Core units of study
BETH5101
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
 6
Part 1 units of study
BETH5000
Critical Concepts in Bioethics
 6
BETH5102
Philosophy of Medicine
 6
BETH5103
Biomedicine and Society
 6
BETH5104
Bioethics, Law and Society
 6
Part 2 units of study
BETH5204
Clinical Ethics
 6
BETH5205
Ethics and Mental Health
 6
One additional 'BETH' code unit of study from Part 2 of the Table  6

 

Health Humanities Pathway

Units of Study Credit points
Core units of study
BETH5101
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
 6
Part 1 units of study
BETH5000
Critical Concepts in Bioethics
 6
BETH5102
Philosophy of Medicine
 6
BETH5103
Biomedicine and Society
 6
BETH5207
Arts in Health
 6
Part 2 units of study (Master's students choose 3 of the following)
MMHU6901
War, Health and Medicine
 6
MMHU6902
Independent Study
 6
MMHU6910
Narrative, Literature and Medicine
 6
PUBH5422
Health and Risk Communication
 6

 

Research Pathway (Master’s degree only)

Units of Study Credit points
Core units of study
BETH5101
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
 6
Part 1 units of study
BETH5000
Critical Concepts in Bioethics
 6
BETH5102
Philosophy of Medicine
 6
BETH5103
Biomedicine and Society
 6
BETH5104
Bioethics, Law and Society
 6
Part 2 units of study
BETH5202
Human and Animal Research Ethics
 6
Part 3 units of study
BETH5301
Research Project A
 6
BETH5302
Research Project B
 6