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What will I learn?

Is genetic enhancement of humans ethically justified? Should we proceed with research trying to clone people? Does the fact that we can prolong someone's life in a permanent vegetative state mean that we should? For decades, the growth of scientific knowledge and technical ability in medicine, genetics and the biological sciences has led to many such perplexing ethical questions. In the Master of Bioethics course, you will learn to think ethically and critically, helping you to keep pace with current advances in biomedical technology, and to anticipate those yet to come.

While a Master of Bioethics is particularly well suited to healthcare professionals and scientists who face complex ethical issues in their working lives, it also offers important skills development for those involved in public policy and law, as well as for anyone who wishes to explore issues of public concern.

An interdisciplinary approach is taken to key issues including ethical theory, questions of life and death, ethical issues in patient care, human-research ethics, legal and policy issues in bioethics, and public health ethics. It is suitable for students with little or no prior background in ethics or philosophy, but also for philosophy graduates with an interest in further study of bioethics.

You will have the opportunity to engage with industry and participate in study tours and field schools, both in Australia and overseas. For example, you may undertake collaborative work with the World Health Organisation, either at Monash or Geneva.

The teaching staff has an excellent reputation for research and teaching, and they are active and prominent contributors to public debate and professional discussions about a variety of issues in bioethics. The Monash University Centre for Human Bioethics is one of the world's top- eight bioethics centres.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

CRICOS

082652G

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$36,400.00 (19,61,207) per year
Start date

27 February 2023, 24 July 2023

Venue

Monash University

Clayton Campus,

Wellington Road,

MONASH UNIVERSITY,

Victoria,

3800, MELBOURNE, Australia

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$36,400.00 (19,61,207) per year
Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with a pass (50%) average.

For international students

Entry level 1: An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

Entry level 2: An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including medicine and other health sciences, life sciences, social sciences, law and humanities with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

OR

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including medicine and other health sciences, life sciences, social sciences, law with at least a 50 percent average in both qualifications, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

Entry level 3: An Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including medicine and other health sciences, life sciences, social sciences, law and humanities with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

Level A

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, No PTE communicative skills score below 50

TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21

Paper-based TOEFL 550 Test of written English: 4.5

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 176 No skill score below 169
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 176 No skill score below 169

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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