PGCert Healthcare Ethics Postgraduate Certificate / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

The PGCert in Healthcare Ethics course allows you to gain knowledge and understanding of ethical theories without the need to complete a full master's course.

You will follow some elements of the taught component of the MA and LLM, but will not be required to write a dissertation. If you successfully complete the PGCert, you may be eligible to transfer to the Diploma, MA or LLM if you meet the transfer requirements and pay the additional fee.


  • Equip you with the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics.
  • Highlight the application of moral theory to real-world scenarios, catering to the practical needs of healthcare and/or legal professionals.
  • Improve your comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of ethical theories.
  • Provide you with the opportunity to gain the skills needed to apply theory to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 6,000 words for the 30 credit core course unit. 

Course unit details

On this course, you are required to successfully complete 60 credits of course units.

The optional 15 credit course units on offer may vary each year due to staff availability.

If you are studying the campus-based certificate, you will complete the 30 credit core units in Philosophical Bioethics in semester one and Research Ethics and Ethics and Genetics course units in semester two, on a full-time basis.

If you are studying the distance learning certificate, you are normally expected to complete the 30 credit core units in Philosophical Bioethics and the 15 credit unit in Ethics and Genetics in Year 1 and Research Ethics in Year 2.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Philosophical Bioethics CSEP60201 30 Mandatory
Research methods and methodologies for bioethics and law CSEP60022 15 Optional
Ethics & Genetics and Genomics CSEP60192 15 Optional
Research Ethics CSEP60312 15 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

The School is offering a number of awards for students applying for master's study. To find out more please visit our master's funding opportunity search page .

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