Welcome to the Master of Bioethics program

Over the past several 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 to 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.

The course provides an interdisciplinary education that covers ethical theory, questions of life and death, ethical issues in patient care, human research ethics, legal and policy issues in bioethics, and ethical issues in professional life.

International Relevance and Practical Experience

As a student in Monash’s Master of Bioethics program, you will have the opportunity to engage with industry and participate in study tours and field schools both in Australia and overseas.

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Monash-WHO Fellowship

The Centre for Human Bioethics has a longstanding—and growing—collaborative research relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). As of July 2014, the Centre for Human Bioethics has been designated as a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Bioethics, one of just 6 such centres worldwide—and part of a Global Network of such centres, with partners at University of Toronto, Columbia University, University of Miami, University of Zurich, and National University of Singapore.

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Research-led Teaching

As a student in the Master of Bioethics, you will have the opportunity to be taught by staff with strong national and international reputations for their research and teaching in bioethics, and who are active and prominent contributors to public debate and professional discussions about a variety of issues in bioethics.

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All students can apply for funding to attend international field schools via Monash Abroad.

How to Study

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Click here for fees and entry requirements for domestic and international students.

Click here for Scholarships and Funding information for domestic and international students.

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for English language requirements for this course.

Visit English language requirements for information on:

  • English language proficiency tests – what is required and how to arrange testing
  • The Monash University English Language Centre as a pathway for students who need help to meet the minimum English language requirements

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for a link through to study length options available for this course.

Depending on your qualification background and study goals, most of our Masters programs are available in three versions:

  • 96 points - Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • 72 points - Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
  • 48 points - Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Full-time and part-time study options

Domestic students can reduce the number of units they study each semester by choosing to enrol part-time. If you choose to study part-time, be aware that:

  • Night classes may not be available for all units.
  • This option is not available to international students.

A small number of CSP places are available for some of our Masters programs. Refer to Fees and Entry Requirements (above) to check availability of CSP places for this course. Where places are available we automatically assess all eligible applicants before semester one and two for this award. High-achieving students should ensure they apply before the advertised deadline for the relevant intake to be ranked for potential selection. Applications received after the deadline may be accepted for a full-fee place, however will not be considered for a Commonwealth Supported place.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as domestic students.

Our postgraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of students who have recently finished their degrees, individuals entering the industry for the first time or current industry professionals looking at furthering their career opportunities.

What Our Alumni Think

Monash graduates have found employment in government, non-government and private sector organisations both in Australia and internationally.

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Meet Our Academic Teaching Staff

Our academic teaching staff members are innovative researchers and established industry professionals.

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Professor Michael J. Selgelid

Professor Michael J. Selgelid is Director of the Centre for Human Bioethics. Michael’s research focus is public health ethics – with emphasis on ethical issues associated with biotechnology and infectious disease. Currently he serves on the Ethics Review Board of, and is involved in an Ethics Consultation Project with, Médecins Sans Frontières.

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Associate Professor Justin Oakley

Associate Professor Justin Oakley is Deputy Director of the Monash University Centre for Human Bioethics. Justin has published articles in international journals on the ethics of clinical trials, informed consent, surrogate motherhood, surgeon report cards, whistleblowing, reproductive cloning, and various topics in ethical theory.

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Dr Catherine Mills

Dr Catherine Mills is an ARC Future Fellow in the Centre for Human Bioethics. Catherine joined the Centre at the beginning of 2012 and her research field concentrates on issues in reproductive ethics. In particular, the questions that arise from selective reproductive technologies, such as obstetric ultrasound, PGD and other foetal diagnostic tests.

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Professor Julian Savulescu

Professor Julian Savulescu is qualified in medicine, bioethics and analytic philosophy. He holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics and is Director of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford, Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, and Director of the Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences.

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Dr Ryan Tonkens

Dr Ryan Tonkens is Lecturer in Human Bioethics, and the course coordinator for the Master of Bioethics. Ryan’s current research interests lie at the intersection of applied ethics and advances in technology, especially biotechnology (e.g. the ethics of human prenatal genetic alteration), reproductive technologies (e.g. the ethics of embryo abandonment), and artificial intelligence (e.g. the ethics of robotic warfare).

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