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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?

  • 100% online course delivery - this course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle. We also offer full-time and part-time options, allowing you to decide your study load.
  • Our academics are all active researchers with backgrounds in medicine, health law, philosophy, sociology and public health.
  • Work alongside students from a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds across the health professions, health sciences, and humanities and social sciences.

How wil you learn?

  • 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 online learning.
  • Students can 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.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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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. 

NOTE: Semester 2, 2020 date changes:

Sem 2, 2020 application closing date: 27 July
Sem 2, 2020 semester start date: 3 August

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

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

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. 

NOTE: Semester 2, 2020 date changes:

Sem 2, 2020 application closing date: 27 July
Sem 2, 2020 semester start date: 3 August

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 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma in Bioethics requires the successful completion of 36 credit points of units of study including:

  • 6 credit points from core units of study; and
  • 12 credit points from Part 1 of the Table of units of study; and
  • 18 credit points from Part 1 or Part 2 of the Table of units of study.

Full time study can normally be completed over the course of 2 semesters, with 3 units taken per semester.

Your individual study plan will depend on the availability of units in a given semester.

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 Diploma 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; or
  • completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate or equivalent qualification.

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 Bioethics website .

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International students

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