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Graduate Diploma in Bioethics

Course code: 1158 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipBioeth ~ 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

Over the past two decades, there has been increasing community concern about ethics in science, especially in the health sciences and the biological sciences. This course is a response to that concern and will enable those taking it to deepen their understanding of ethical issues in healthcare and the biological sciences. While the course is particularly well-suited to those health care professionals and scientists who face complex ethical issues in their working lives, it will also be 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.

Note that the Graduate Diploma in Bioethics does not meet the entry requirements for the Master of Bioethics by coursework, the Master of Bioethics by research, or the PhD. Applicants who do not already meet the entry requirements for the Master of Bioethics by research or the PhD but who intend to proceed to either of those courses should apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research) in Bioethics.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with 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. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete 48 points, comprised of the following 12-point units:

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


For further study options please contact the School of Philosophy and Bioethics or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Rob Sparrow