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Discover bioethics at the University of Sydney

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Overview

The University of Sydney bioethics program provides a comprehensive overview of the field of bioethics through interdisciplinary coursework at postgraduate level.

Core units cover philosophical, sociological, and legal approaches to bioethics. Students can also pursue areas of special interest in bioethics, such as biotechnology, clinical ethics, research ethics, public health ethics, health law and mental health ethics.

Why study with us?

  • The program provides a stimulating and diverse environment for learning.
  • Our academics are all active researchers with backgrounds in medicine, health law, philosophy, sociology and public health.
  • You will study along side students from a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds across the health professions, the health sciences, and the humanities and social sciences.
  • Courses are offered in a variety of formats to suit students who have other demands on their time. All units of study are offered both on campus (if minimum attendance numbers are met) and via distance learning.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations in this course

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Scholarships

We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for more information.

We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for more information.

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. Please submit a statement of intent along with your application detailing why you would like to apply and how the program will be beneficial to you.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

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Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)*

*this degree is not available to complete full time in Semester 2, however you may complete the course part-time during this semester.

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You can apply online via the application portal. Please submit a statement of intent along with your application detailing why you would like to apply and how the program will be beneficial to you.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:


Semester 1
- 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)*

*(nb. this degree is not available to complete full time in Semester 2)

What you'll study

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Bioethics complete 24 credit points made up of :

  • one core unit of study - Introduction to Ethical Reasoning (6cp)
  • two units of study from Part 1 of the Unit of Study Table (12cp), and 
  • one further unit of study from Part 1 or Part 2 of the Unit of Study Table (6cp). 

Candidates may apply to the Program Director for approval to complete BETH5000, or a suitable alternative, if they are unable to complete the core unit of study BETH5101 Introduction to Ethical Reasoning because of scheduling issues.

Download our sample course diagram to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree.    

Bioethics course structure (pdf, 33KB)

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Bioethics requires a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification in the field of science, medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, philosophy/ethics, sociology, anthropology, history, law or other relevant field.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Future study options

Students can choose to enrol in a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or a master's degree. Our flexible study program also allows you to start at the graduate certificate level and proceed to the master's degree.

Career Pathways

Bioethicists work in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, health law, health and public policy, science communication and related fields. For further information see the Public Health website.

Start your journey at the University of Sydney

Domestic students

International students

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