Graduate Certificate in Research Ethics

Course details:

Handbook entry: 4047
Coursefinder entry: 4047 for details of fees, entry requirements etc.


Dr Ryan Tonkens


The Graduate Certificate in Research Ethics is particularly suitable for people involved in human research and its ethical oversight. Researchers, administrators and members of research ethics committees, and policy makers in health, human rights or research will benefit from this course.

Course Structure:

Students complete these two units of 12 points each:

APG4393 Ethics (formerly coded CHB4101)
This semester-long unit provides an overview of contemporary ethical theories relevant for ethical decision making.

APG4717 Human Research Ethics (formerly coded CHB4300)
On completion of this unit, participants will have a comprehensive grasp of the ethical issues raised in human research, including how they apply to all aspects of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

Applicants who have completed the Centre’s Intensive Bioethics Course with additional assessment, may be granted advanced standing and be credited for APG4393 Ethics, or for APG4717 Human Research Ethics. For details of the assessment and procedures, please see Recognition of Prior Learning.

Entry Requirements:

Entry requirements are listed in the Coursefinder entry.


In 2013, APG4393 Ethics, will run on-campus in Semester 1, and in Distance Education mode in both Semesters 1 and 2.

In 2013, APG4717 Human Research Ethics, will run on-campus in Semester 2 only.

Details of dates and times are available on the Timetable page.

Course Length:

It is possible to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Research Ethics full-time (two units per semester) and thereby complete the course in one semester (approximately six months). Students would study in Semester 2, and enrol in APG4393 in distance education mode, and in APG4717 in intensive on-campus mode.

Alternatively, by studying on a part-time basis (one unit per semester), students would complete the course over two semesters (approximately 12 months). It is recommended that students enrol in APG4393 in Semester 1, in either on-campus or distance education mode. They would then enrol in APG4717 in intensive on-campus mode in Semester 2.

Note that students who participate in the Intensive Bioethics Course, and after completing assessment, obtain credit for APG4393, would need to complete APG4717 in Semester 2 only.

Course Costs:

Please see the Coursefinder entry for details of the course fees. Note that as the Graduate Certificate in Research Ethics is a 24 point course, the fee shown should be divided by 2.


Applications for mid-year entry close mid-June. Applications for the March intake are due in by the 30th of November. Late applications are accepted.

For details on how to apply, please follow the ‘Entry requirements and applications’ link on the Coursefinder entry.


Please direct any questions to Michael Selgelid, course coordinator, or contact the Monash Bioethics Centre