Bioethics - A6002


Expert master degree

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.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
1 year/1.5 years/2 years (full time), depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Master of Bioethics
Course Handbook

It's often been said that the twenty-first century will be the 'bio century'. Professor Michael Selgelid gives us an insight into what it means to study Bioethics at Monash, and how the course will deepen your understanding of ethical issues in health care and the biological sciences.

Study overseas

Monash Master of Bioethics student can apply for an annual Fellowship to work as an intern in the Global Health Ethics Unit at World Health Organisation (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Gain credit with an internship

Engage in professional work experience during your degree and demonstrate a range of important career enhancing skills.

Learn from the best

Our academic teaching staff are conducting research across the breadth of ethical issues associated with biotechnology, keeping pace with current advances, and anticipating the impact of technological developments yet to come.

“I chose Bioethics at Monash in particular because I had heard of the program, it was started by Peter Singer who is probably the most renowned Bioethicist in the world, and it’s got a fantastic faculty today.” - Tiffany Lucas - Master of Bioethics student

Professionals who undertake the Monash Master of Bioethics are able to contribute to major ethical debates that can impact policy and ultimately impact lives.

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Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Depending on prior qualifications:

Entry level 1:
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time (96 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification or experience approved by the faculty

Entry level 2:
Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time (72 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate 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 or experience approved by the faculty


An Australian undergraduate 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 and humanities with at least credit (60%) average in both qualifications, or equivalent qualification or experience approved by the faculty

Entry level 3
Duration: 1 years full-time, 2 years part-time (48 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate 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 or experience approved by the faculty

English requirements

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, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Foundations for advanced bioethics, Part B. Core Master's study and Part C. Advanced expertise.  All students complete Part B.  Depending upon your prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6002


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6002


Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.