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Master of Bioethics and Health Law (MBHL)


University of Otago Division of Health Sciences

Full time & Part time See Course Other Full-time: 1+ years; Part-time: equivalent

About the course

The Master of Bioethics and Health Law (MBHL) degree is an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme which consists in writing a research dissertation under supervision and completing papers worth an additional 120 points from a schedule of papers. The degree may be awarded with distinction or credit. The degree draws on the resources of both ethical and legal theory, and attends to bioethical problems arising from the increasing use of technology in medicine and changes in the resourcing and delivery of health care.

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Duration of the Programme

  1. A candidate for the degree shall usually follow a programme of study for not less than one year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
  2. Note: Although the minimum completion time is twelve months, full-time

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Entry Requirements

Every applicant shall possess a postgraduate diploma, or be a graduate with honours or of a four-year undergraduate programme in a relevant discipline. A candidate shall usually have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics and Health Law (PGDipBHL) or an equivalent qualification, and shall have achieved an average across all papers of at least B+.

All applicants must present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

Admission to the programme will be subject to the approval of the Director of the Bioethics Centre following consultation with the Bioethics Board of Studies.


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