Master of Bioethics by coursework

Over the past two decades, there has been increasing community concern about ethics in science, especially in the health sciences and the biological sciences. The Master of Bioethics is a response to that concern, and will enable those taking it to deepen their understanding of ethical issues in health care and the biological sciences. While the course is particularly well-suited for 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 formulation 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.

Modes of offering and course details:

Please visit our new Masters in Bioethics website for full details about the program.

The Master of Bioethics is offered through Monash both to on-campus students and also to students from anywhere in the world through distance education.

Information about fees and entry requirements…

Information about course structure and units…


Dr Ryan Tonkens

Monash-WHO Fellowship:

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, please see the Monash-WHO Fellowship page.

Course Structure:

From 2015, students are required to complete eight 12 point units to complete the course. Students are eligible to apply for up 48 points of credit for previous study and/or work experience. Details on the current Course structure are available in the 2015 Handbook.

Course Length:

In on-campus and distance education modes:

  • students studying part-time enrol in one unit each semester and complete the course in four years,
  • students studying full-time enrol in two units per semester and complete the course in two years.

Credit Provision:

Please see general credit guidelines under ‘Minimum entrance requirements’ at:

Candidates who have already completed a unit in ethics that, in the opinion of the graduate coordinator of the Centre for Human Bioethics, is of a standard at least equal to that of APG4393/5393 Ethics, and covering essentially the same content as APG4393/5393, may be given an exemption (with or without credit) for that unit. (Normally at least a distinction result must have been achieved for that unit.)