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Master of Bioethics

Course code: 0122 ~ Course abbreviation: MBioeth ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Off-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course is particularly well suited for health care professionals and scientists who face complex ethical issues in their working lives. It is also valuable for those involved in the development of public policy and law regarding these issues, as well as for anyone who simply wishes to explore issues of public concern in greater depth.

Master of Bioethics students who have completed at least one semester of the course are eligible to apply for an annual fellowship of $9000 to work during the Australian summer as an intern in the Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law program at the World Health Organisation in Geneva. For more information, contact the course coordinator.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

Minimum pass grade

To graduate with the Masters, students must gain a credit (60 C) or above in core units and a minimum credit average overall.

Course structure

The course requires completion of four 12-point units (a total of 48 points). There are two core units and a choice of four electives.

Course requirements

Core units


  • CHB5102 Questions of life and death
  • CHB5203 Health care ethics: principles and practice
  • CHB5204 Bioethics, public policy and the law
  • CHB5207 Ethical issues in professional life

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.

Course coordinator

Dr Rob Sparrow