Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMBioethics
CRICOS code054584B
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Melva Renshaw Ph: +61 3 9905 4279 Email:

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Justin Oakley


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


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.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • 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.


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 Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade, and Human Rights at the World Health Organisation in Geneva. For more information contact Associate Professor Justin Oakley.


This course consists of one 12-point core units and three 12-point elective units.


Core units


Select three of:

  • APG5394 Questions of life and death
  • APG5617 Human research ethics
  • APG5729 Clinical ethics
  • APG5730 Bioethics, public policy and the law
  • APG5731 Bioethics supervised research paper
  • APG5732 Ethical issues in professional life

Alternative exit(s)

Students who have completed studies in the Master of Bioethics to the value of:

  • 24 points may apply to exit with course 3761 Graduate Certificate in Bioethics
  • 48 points may apply to exit with course 1158 Graduate Diploma in Bioethics.


Master of Bioethics