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Ethics for Biosciences

Key facts

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TypesOnline and Distance Learning
Professional Development
Short Courses
DatesMon 24 Feb to Fri 2 May 2014
Subject area(s)Bioinformatics
CATS points15
FeesFrom £1575.00
Application statusClosed to new applications
Course codeO13C204B9Y
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email cpdhealth@conted.ox.ac.uk.


St John`s Lion - Ethics

This ten week online module is designed to facilitate understanding, reflection on and engagement with key ethical and social issues thrown up by conducting clinical research, practicing evidence-based health care, and engaging with science and technology. Online discussion forums enable real time communication between students and the tutor, and facilitate informed critical thought and interpretation of practical scenarios.

The last date for receipt of complete applications is Friday 7 February 2014. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.

Programme details

View a sample unit of this course.

Through guided readings, online discussion, case studies and other activities participants will consider the social and ethical implications of increases in life span, cloning, genetic modification, genetic differences in race and gender, clinical trials in the developing world, eugenics, private markets in organs for transplant and the ownership of human tissue.

The course was created by Marianne Talbot, Director of Studies in Philosophy for the Department for Continuing Education.

She adds: "These days science students cannot afford to be oblivious to the ethical and social issues surrounding their subjects. The online course in bioethics is designed especially for science graduates with no background in philosophy. All who complete it will find that they can discuss these issues with confidence."


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Dr Jeremy Howick

Role: Module Coordinator

Jeremy Howick is the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care Dissertation Coordinator and NSPCR...more

Course aims

This course will help participants to:

  • acquire a sensitivity to the social and ethical context in which science must work
  • understand some of the key ethical and social issues related to bioethics
  • analyse and evaluate arguments for the different positions that people might adopt with respect to these issues
  • reflect on and argue for their own position in relation to these issues
  • acquire an understanding of the key drivers in the formation of public opinion.


Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford.


Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.

Fee options

Programme Fee
Students enrolled on MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care: £1575.00
Students enrolled on Postgraduate Cert in Health Research: £1575.00
Students enrolled on Postgraduate Dip in Health Research: £1575.00
Short course in health sciences: £1890.00

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