Bioethics aims to develop ethical thinking about the latest developments in healthcare and biomedical technology, anticipating future developments, and assessing what should be done if and when these developments become a reality. It is concerned with controversial topics that have profound implications for the future of humanity and society. It is a general interest field of study that is relevant and important to everyone.

Available as a minor only.

What is it?

Bioethics has a significant role to play in ensuring that public health policy promotes justice and human rights. The Monash Bioethics Centre is now an officially designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Bioethics. The Centre supports WHO in awareness-raising and capacity-building activities in ethics and health, and collaborates with WHO on ethical and policy issues associated with infectious disease control and biomedical research.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

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 local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.


Exciting Career Prospects

The completion of a Bioethics minor is especially valuable if you’re planning a career in life sciences, healthcare, or law and public policy.

You may also want to explore careers specifically in bioethics, such as:

  • clinical and research ethics at hospitals or other healthcare/research institutions
  • roles with non-government organisations or advocacy groups
  • science policy
  • education
  • science/medicine journalist

Opportunities to Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is studying at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.

Ethical Foundations for Future Studies

Choose from a range of Bioethics units and enjoy an interdisciplinary learning experience. As a Bioethics students, you might study a range of subjects addressing current ethical controversies, biotechnology and justice, or the human body and the international marketplace.


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