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Postgraduate qualifications in bioethics

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) through the Dunedin campus in 2017

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Apply for the Master of Bioethics and Health Law (MBHL) through the Dunedin campus in 2017

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Apply for the Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc)

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Apply for the Master of Medical Science (MMedSc)

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Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc)

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Apply for the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) through the Dunedin campus in 2017

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Apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc)

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Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics and Health Law (PGDipBHL) through the Dunedin campus in 2017

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For general, non-doctoral postgraduate inquiries, contact Rachel Bell Nash: Tel 64 3 471 612264 3 471 6122 | Email rachel.nash@otago.ac.nz

Doctoral study

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Bioethics Centre's postgraduate community is built around its doctoral research students. Topics of study are various, reflecting the range of research interests for which the Centre can offer supervision.

The students are both local and international, and study on-campus and at a distance.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Centre means that this research degree can be offered to applicants with an appropriate grounding in bioethics or a cognate area from a range of academic disciplines (for example, philosophy, theology, law, medicine or the sciences), and to those with qualifications in bioethics.

PhD regulations

University of Otago PhD Handbook (see especially Entry Requirements, Initial Approaches, and Admissions to the PhD Degree)

Contact for further information on PhD study in bioethics

Mike King
PhD Coordinator
Tel 64 3 471 613064 3 471 6130
Email mike.king@otago.ac.nz

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Masters' degrees

Master of Bioethics and Health Law (MBHL)

The MBHL draws on papers offered in both law and bioethics. It aims to give students the ability to explore legal and ethical ramifications of modern health care. Students have the opportunity to research an issue of particular interest to them in a dissertation.

Students include health and legal professionals, graduates of law, arts, sciences and health sciences. Many international students have come through this qualification.  From 2016 the main pathway to the MBHL will be through the new Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics and Health Law.

MBHL regulations

Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc)

The MHealSc(Bioethics) offers a student both breadth and depth, and theory and application, in the study of Bioethics. Students include health professionals, graduates of all disciplines, including international students.

The programme can be studied at a distance and part-time.

In the first year, students have to complete the equivalent of a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Bioethics). In the second year students write a supervised research thesis.

MHealSc regulations

Master of Medical Science (MMedSc)

The MMedSc is for medical graduates, offering them a chance to write a thesis (30,000–40,000 words), containing an in-depth consideration of a bioethical topic of their own choice.

MMedSc regulations

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Postgraduate diplomas

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc)

This Bioethics programme offers continuing education for those holding a undergraduate degree or certificate, or having relevant experience. They offer candidates a comprehensive coverage of theories and issues in Bioethics.

Students who achieve at a sufficiently high level (B+ average) may apply to do the MHealSc(Bioethics).

PGDipHealSc regulations

Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics and Health Law (PGDipBHL)

For students holding a undergraduate degree or certificate, or having relevant experience.  The programme will include papers offered in both law and bioethics and aims to give students the ability to explore legal and ethical ramifications of modern health care.

Students who achieve at a sufficiently high level (B+ average) may apply to do the MBHL upon completion.

PGDipBHL regulations

Postgraduate certificates

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Clinical Ethics

The Certificate in Clinical Ethics (Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science Endorsed in Clinical Ethics) provides healthcare professionals with ethical tools and skills that will better equip them when faced with difficult ethical situations. It will be of interest to health care professionals who are interested in reflecting upon their clinical practice and all students with an interest in clinical ethics.

The Certificate consists of two papers, BITC 401 Theories of Biomedical Ethics and BITC 405 Ethics in Clinical Practice. Ethics in Clinical Practice will be taught in the evening. The Certificate does not assume any existing knowledge of bioethics. It is available part-time, and may be commenced in either the 1st semester or in the 2nd semester. It can be studied either on-campus in Dunedin or at a distance.

PGCertHealSc regulations

BITC 401 Theories of Biomedical Ethics

BITC 405 Ethics in Clinical Practice

Certificate of Proficiency (CoP)

Students may take any bioethics paper as a standalone Certificate of Proficiency. Some papers require you to have taken other bioethics papers first.

Postgraduate papers in Bioethics

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Graduate diplomas

Graduate Diploma in Bioethics and Health Law (GradDipBHL)

This diploma offers a grounding in Bioethics and Health Law. It is an ideal qualification for students, health professionals and interested others, who have little background in Bioethics/Health Law and do not plan to go onto Masters study.

GradDipBHL regulations

Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)

This qualification is ideal for graduates of three- or four-year degrees who would like to do honours equivalent study in Bioethics. Our postgraduate papers are all available for this qualification, and they can be selected as part of a wider package of papers.

Director of the DipGrad Programme is Dr Willem Labuschagne:

Tel 64 3 479 573564 3 479 5735
Email dipgrad@otago.ac.nz

DipGrad regulations