Bioethics

Admission requirements


Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Bioethics requires:

  • 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.

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Bioethics requires:

  • 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
  • completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate or equivalent qualification

Admission to the Master of Bioethics requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a credit average 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
  • completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma or equivalent qualification.


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 a 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.

Suggested study pathways

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.

Please note that these pathways are not compulsory and you can choose your own pattern of study so long as you meet the course structure requirements described above.

Suggested 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.

Sample unit of study selections for pathways

Public Health Ethics Pathway

Unit of Study code and name

Credit points Delivery mode

Core units of study

BETH5101
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
 6 (available  semester 1)  face to face; online
Part 1 units of study
BETH5102
Philosophy of Medicine
6 (available  semester 1) face to face; online

BETH5104
Bioethics, Law and Society

or

BETH5207
Arts in Health

 6 (available  semester 1)

 

 6 (available  semester 2)

block mode; online

 

 block mode

BETH5000
Critical Concepts in Bioethics
 6 (available  semester 2)  face to face; online
BETH5103
Biomedicine and Society
 6 (available  semester 2)  face to face; online

Part 2 units of study

BETH5203
Ethics and Public Health
 6 (available  semester 2)  block mode; online
BETH5202
Human and Animal Research Ethics
 6 (available  semester 2)  block mode; online
PUBH5422
Health and Risk Communication
 6 (available  semester 2)  block mode

 

Research Ethics Pathway

Unit of Study code and name Credit points Delivery mode
Core units of study
BETH5101
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
 6 (available  semester 1)  face to face; online
Part 1 units of study
BETH5102
Philosophy of Medicine
 6 (available  semester 1)  face to face; online
BETH5104
Bioethics, Law and Society
 6 (available  semester 1)  block mode; online
BETH5000
Critical Concepts in Bioethics
 6 (available  semester 2)  face to face; online
BETH5103
Biomedicine and Society
 6 (available  semester 2)  face to face; online
Part 2 units of study
BETH5201
Ethics and Biotechnology
 6 (available  semester 1)  face to face; online
BETH5202
Human and Animal Research Ethics
 6 (available  semester 2)  block mode; online
One additional 'BETH' code unit of study from Part 2 of the Table  6  

 

Clinical Ethics Pathway

Unit of Study code and name Credit points Delivery mode
Core units of study
BETH5101
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
 6 (available  semester 1)  face to face; online
Part 1 units of study
BETH5102
Philosophy of Medicine
 6 (available  semester 1)  face to face; online
BETH5104
Bioethics, Law and Society
 6 (available  semester 1)  block mode; online
BETH5000
Critical Concepts in Bioethics
 6 (available  semester 2)  face to face; online
BETH5103
Biomedicine and Society
 6 (available  semester 2)  face to face; online
Part 2 units of study
BETH5204
Clinical Ethics
 6 (available  semester 1)  block mode; online
BETH5205
Ethics and Mental Health
 6 (available  semester 2)  block mode; online
One additional 'BETH' code unit of study from Part 2 of the Table  6  

 

Health Humanities Pathway

Unit of Study code and name

Credit points Delivery mode

Core units of study

BETH5101
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
 6 (available  semester 1)  face to face; online
Part 1 units of study
BETH5102
Philosophy of Medicine
 6 (available  semester 1)  face to face; online

BETH5207
Arts in Health

 6 (available  semester 2)

 block mode

BETH5000
Critical Concepts in Bioethics
 6 (available  semester 2)  face to face; online
BETH5103
Biomedicine and Society
 6 (available  semester 2)  face to face; online

Part 2 units of study

MMHU6902
Independent Study
 6 (available  semester 1 and semester  2)  supervision
MMHU6910
Ethics, Narrative Competence and Health
 6 (available  semester 1) face to face (evening); online
MMHU6913
See How Societies Collapse: Health and world history
 6 (available  semester 2)  block mode; online
PUBH5422
Health and Risk Communication
 6 (available  semester 2)  block mode

 

Research Pathway (Master’s degree only)

Unit of Study code and name Credit points Delivery mode
Core units of study
BETH5101
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
 6 (available  semester 1)  face to face; online
Part 1 units of study
BETH5102
Philosophy of Medicine
 6 (available  semester 1)  face to face; online
BETH5104
Bioethics, Law and Society
 6 (available  semester 1)  block mode; online
BETH5000
Critical Concepts in Bioethics
 6 (available  semester 2)  face to face; online
BETH5103
Biomedicine and Society
 6 (available  semester 2)  face to face; online
Part 2 units of study
BETH5202
Human and Animal Research Ethics
 6 (available  semester 2)  block mode; online
Part 3 units of study
BETH5301
Research Project A
6 (available  semester 1 and semester 2)  supervision
BETH5302
Research Project B
6 (available  semester 1 and semester 2)  supervision