Graduate Programs


Students wishing to complete a Masters by research or PhD in Bioethics should apply to enrol in the Philosophy Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Program.

Inquiries regarding graduate research programs in bioethics should be directed to:

A/Prof. Justin Oakley
Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Coordinator, Monash Bioethics Centre
Monash University VIC 3800
Ph: +61 (0)3 9905 4277

For details about commencing research degrees, please see:



Master of Bioethics by Coursework

  • Offered on-campus and by distance education.
  • This course may be taken full-time or part-time.
  • This is a 96 credit point program – 2 years full-time – but, depending on prior education/experience, students may receive up to 48 credit points and thereby be able to complete the course in 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Please see the new Master of Bioethics website for full details of this Program:

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 Monash Bioethics Centre, is of a standard at least equal to that of APG5393 Ethics, and covering essentially the same content as APG5393, 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.)

Students who complete 48 points of the Master of Bioethics will be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Bioethics as an exit award. Students who successfully complete 24 points of the Master of Bioethics by coursework, will be eligible to take out a Graduate Certificate in Bioethics as an exit award. Students who take Ethics and Human Research Ethics are eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Research Ethics as an exit award.

Inquiries regarding graduate programs in bioethics should be directed to:

A/Prof Justin Oakley
Director, Master of Bioethics Program
Monash Bioethics Centre
Monash University
Victoria 3800
Ph: +61 (0)3 9905 4277

For details about applying for graduate coursework programs, please go to: