- For information, write to:
- Jennifer Fishman, Graduate Program Director
- Biomedical Ethics Unit
- 3647 Peel Street
- Montreal, QC H3A 1X1
- Telephone: 514-398-6980
- Fax: 514-398-8349
- Website: www.mcgill.ca/biomedicalethicsunit/masters
The Biomedical Ethics Unit was established in 1996 with the aim of supporting scholarly research, clinical services, teaching, and public outreach. Members of the unit have backgrounds in anthropology, history, law, medicine, molecular genetics, philosophy, and sociology. We offer a master's degree specialization in biomedical ethics for selected master's students in the Division of Experimental Medicine, Genetics Department, Philosophy Department, Faculty of Religious Studies, and Faculty of Law.
Master's Specialization in Bioethics
The Master's Specialization in Bioethics is sponsored by the:
- Faculty of Medicine, Division of Experimental Medicine;
- Faculty of Law;
- Faculty of Religious Studies; and
- Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy.
Students receive an M.A., LL.M., or M.Sc. degree in the discipline chosen with a specialization in Bioethics.
Students pursuing the master's degree specialization normally take two semesters of courses before beginning their master's thesis. Courses offered include Bioethics Theory, Public Health Ethics and Policy, Research Ethics, and a Practicum that includes placement in a clinical or research setting. Research and writing the thesis normally takes one year. Students must also comply with the course and thesis requirements of their home disciplines.
Bioethics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
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M.D., bachelor's-level professional training in a health science, or bachelor's degree in law, philosophy, or religious studies. Other students may be considered on an individual basis.
Enrolment is limited to 12 students.
McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.
See Application Procedures (for All Admissions Starting Summer 2013) for detailed application procedures.
Applications for the Master’s Specialization in Bioethics are made initially through the Faculties of Law, Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine), Religious Studies, and the Department of Philosophy.
Applicants must satisfy the admission criteria for their chosen discipline and those of the Bioethics Unit, which administers the program and teaches the core courses (www.mcgill.ca/biomedicalethicsunit/masters/apply). Once you have completed your online application, send an email to heike [dot] faerber [at] mcgill [dot] ca at the Bioethics Unit stating your chosen base discipline.
Applicants must be accepted by the appropriate Faculty, the Bioethics Graduate Studies Advisory Committee, and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.