Learn about bioethics

We draw on philosophy, science, sociology, history, economics, law and other disciplines in the attempt to answer some of society’s most difficult and interesting questions around the ethics of things such as human cloning and enhancement, prolonging life, genetic discrimination, stem cell research, buying and selling human organs, and the publication of dangerous scientific discoveries.

Why study bioethics?

Bioethics is concerned with controversial topics that have profound implications for the future of humanity and society. It’s a field of study that’s relevant and important to everyone, and will promote development of all-purpose skills in reading, writing, oral expression and critical thinking.

Major Focus by location
Focus Locations
MinorNote Caulfield, Clayton

This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 4 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

The Monash Bioethics Centre

The Monash Bioethics Centre is a world-leading World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics, one of just seven such centres worldwide.


Career options

  • Life sciences
  • Public health
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Healthcare Clinical and research ethics

Overseas opportunities

We encourage you to expand your horizons during your time at Monash by studying at one of our partner universities overseas. An exchange is an ideal way to advance yor skills and immerse yourself in the culture of the country where you are studying.