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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Bioethics







M.A. Bioethics(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening


Today’s rapid development in health care constantly confronts professionals with new ethical and legal challenges. Thus, health care today demands an increased bioethical competence. Due to the necessity of an interdisciplinary approach to issues of contemporary health care, the Faculty of Theology is offering a Master of Arts in Bioethics with the aim of establishing bioethics as an independent field of research and education. This programme of studies will make a significant contribution to the formation of professionals enabling them to face the contemporary bioethical challenges

The programme will focus on:
• Anthropological and Methodological Issues
• Bioethics, Law and Policy
• Public Policy and Ethics at the Edges of Human Life
• Priority Setting, Justice and Resource Allocation
• Suffering, Spirituality and Palliative Care
• Research Ethics
• Emerging European Values and Policies in Bioethics
• The Best Interests of the Child: Ethical and Legal Aspects
• Neuroethics, Mental Health and Psychiatric Ethics
• Ethical issues in Genetics.

This programme of study aims to:
• foster the development of a culture respectful of bioethics amongst healthcare professionals, healthcare administrators, philosophers, clergy, lawyers, educators, psychologists and social workers
• enable a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the theoretical foundations of bioethics and its methodology
• develop capacities for ethical decision-making relevant to professional biomedical and healthcare practice and policy-making
• encourage research in the area of bioethics
LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, the students will be able to:

Knowledge Understanding:
• understand and describe the Christian vision of the human person
• be conversant in the method of bioethical reasoning
• understand and describe the content and dynamics of fundamental and emerging issues in the area of bioethics
• understand and explain the relationship between everyday healthcare issues, research, ethics and the law

Application Understanding:
• discuss the application of fundamental principles in various areas, such as the beginning and end-of-life issues, terminal and palliative care, mental health, and genetics.
• discuss the emerging bioethical values and policies on a European level
• make valid moral judgments and decisions when confronted with bioethical dilemmas
• master ethical reflection and decision-making with respect to the rapid developments in health care

Communication Skills:
• speak the language of bioethics
• develop critical thinking skills through a consideration of the theoretical, legal and practical aspects of bioethical decision-making

Judgmental Skills:
• criticize and analyze a variety of clinical settings
• discuss the different models of moral reasoning leading to different clinical judgments
• critically assess the moral arguments used to justify biomedical and biotechnological developments
• apply moral theory to real-world bioethical problems

Learning Skills:
• understand philosophical ethics as it is applied in biomedical, healthcare and wider health-related social contexts
• enhance their individual intellectual development through research and writing a dissertation
• provide the ethical tools needed to address pressing contemporary issues of life and health.

Autonomy and Responsibility:
• reflect on the moral virtues required by healthcare professionals in their clinical relationships
• analyze bioethical issues from the perspective of faith and reason understand other influential contemporary outlooks on these issues, and to develop effective strategies for engaging the bioethical issues of our day
• identify contemporary bioethical issues and the relevance of faith and reason to these issues
• make responsible clinical decisions
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Holders of this degree are eligible to register for the third-cycle programme leading to a Ph.D. provided by the Faculty of Theology.

Holders of this degree may be invited to sit as members in healthcare ethics committees.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course is aimed at:
• health care professionals
• administrators of healthcare facilities
• philosophers and theologians
• lawyers and teachers
• psychologists and social workers
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in the following areas: Theology, Health Care, Social Work, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Psychology, Philosophy, Science, or in any other area which the Board deems suitable and

(b) a Bachelor degree with Third Class Honours or Category III in the following areas: Theology, Health Care, Social Work, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Psychology, Philosophy, Science, or in any other area which the Board deems suitable, if they are also in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience obtained following the first cycle degree.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 25 March 2017
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Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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