The Bioethics study program will train you to understand the interaction between advances in biotechnology and society, the complex relationship between morality, mental health and the law, issues surrounding euthanasia and end-of life-care, human and animal research ethics, stem cell research and cloning, and even doctor-patient relationships.
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Students can choose to structure their studies according to one of five different pathways that lead to a specialisation in public health ethics, research ethics, clinical ethics, health humanities, or research. Download a PDF of the Master of Bioethics Pathways.

We attract students from a wide variety of professions including scientists, researchers, and professionals working in medicine, nursing, public health, health law, health policy/administration, public policy, science communication, social sciences and humanities.

Bioethics course structure; core and elective units.


You will be trained in four key areas essential for an ethics professional:

  • Critical Ethical Reasoning – developing analytic and critical thinking and writing skills to identify and assess ethical reasoning in complex situations,
  • Decision making – identifying the beliefs and interests of stakeholders and their impact on ethical decision-making in professional and research practice,
  • Action – applying critical reasoning skills in clinical and research contexts to ensure moral standards are met and maintained in practice and
  • Advancing knowledge – developing skills for ethical research that extends the knowledge base of bioethics, and responds to emerging ethical problems in practice.

Outcomes for graduates

Our graduates include scientists, researchers and professionals working in health care, public policy, science communication and related fields, health policy analysts and paid and voluntary members of research ethics committees.

Our postgraduate degrees can add value to an ongoing career in a health-related field, or assist in building a research career.

Why study bioethics with us?

We offer a one year Masters program open to undergraduates from a broad range of studies and life backgrounds.

The program adopts a unique interdisciplinary approach to bioethics, and includes study in topics such as the ethics and mental health that are not available elsewhere in Australia.

Popular course content includes: the ethics of heroin trials; the philosophy of alternative medicine and non-western notions of illness; the ethics of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology or genetically modified food; the ethics of the use of animals in research.

Claim credits with RACP MyCPD Program
The Sydney Bioethics Program is tailored to support the continuing professional development needs of medical practitioners and health care workers. The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and Masters of Bioethics are structured to meet Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) continuing professional development standards. Should participants wish to claim credits for undertaking these courses, they can submit the activity in the RACP MyCPD Program under "Category 4: Assessed Learning" at 50 credits per semester.

Apply now for the available study programs

  • Master of Bioethics
  • Graduate Diploma in Bioethics
  • Graduate Certificate in Bioethics

Professional development short courses

See our Units of Study available in short course mode.

Further information

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If you cannot find answers to your questions, please contact:

Bioethics administrator
Phone: +61 2 9036 3405
Fax: +61 2 9036 3436

Bioethics Program Director, Associate Professor Ainsley Newson
Phone: +61 2 9036 3409
Fax: +61 2 9036 3436
A/Prof Newson's academic profile

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