Bioethics - A4003


Graduate certificate

Bioethics is the study of the ethical issues raised by advances in scientific knowledge and technical ability in medicine, genetics and biological sciences. It addresses moral issues in topics such as: life and death decision-making in the context of healthcare, health related social policies and laws and the role of technology in promoting collective and individual wellbeing.

The Graduate Certificate of Bioethics is particularly well suited if you are a health care professional or scientist who faces complex ethical issues in your working life, if you are involved in the development of public policy and law, or if you are wishing to explore issues of public concern. The course has been designed in ways to suit both those with little or no prior educational background in ethics or philosophy, and philosophy graduates with an interest in further studies of bioethics.

In this bioethics course you will learn to think critically about the ethical issues raised, and to develop independent and well-informed views about the ethical and philosophical questions addressed.

An interdisciplinary approach is taken to key issues including bioethical principles, 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.

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

Upon completion you will be equipped for careers in life sciences, public health, journalism, public policy and healthcare.

The Graduate Certificate in Bioethics can be taken as a standalone degree, while also providing an entry point in the Master of Bioethics.

At a glance

Course Details

  • Multi-modal at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
  • 0.5 years (full time)
  • 1 year (part time)
Start date
First semester (February) and Second semester (July)
Graduate Certificate of Bioethics
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree with at least 50% average, or equivalent qualification, or a minimum of three years work experience  in a relevant field approved by the faculty.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course comprises 24 points of study which provide knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required of skilled practitioners working in a range of fields addressing bioethics.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A4003.


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A4003.


Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

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.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2022 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Full fee

Total fee for this 24 credit point (6 month full-time) course.


The equivalent fee for a 48 credit point (12 month full-time) course would be A$25,400


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

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