Course Description

Bioethics is concerned with ethical questions that arise in the contexts of biological and health sciences. Social concern about such issues has grown with the advancement of biomedical and reproductive health technologies, genetic engineering, cloning and stem cell research.

The study of Bioethics has traditionally addressed issues such as abortion, euthanasia the relationships between health care providers and patients, research involving humans and animals and justice in the distribution of health resources. Emerging ethical issues are related to risk and health, nanotechnology and global public health.

Questions you will address can include: Who should own bodily material, such as sperm and eggs, or embryos? When are invasive treatments to sustain life required or unjustifiable? Can we ever lie to patients? Should we tell the obese to lose weight, even when we know they feel stigmatised? Should doctors and health policy makers feel morally obligated to become advocates for social justice?

Our programs help you develop skills to assess and respond to these complex challenges critically, whether you are a scientist, researcher or professional working in medicine, law, nursing, public health, health policy or health administration. You may wish to broaden your knowledge, add value to your career, or change your career path.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $24,000 total course cost.
International Students: $44,500 per year full-time

Starting dates

March, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Science & Mathematics postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 63.3% (national average 72.8%)
Improved skills: 67.8% (national average 79.2%)
Overall satisfaction: 75.6% (national average 82.9%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Science & Mathematics postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 75.8% (national average 77.2%)
Studying full time: 25.3% (national average 14.9%)
Median full time salary: $88,300 (national average $80,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 054972A
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MABIOETI2000