12 months
900 CAD/credit 27000 CAD/year
291 CAD/credit 8730 CAD/year
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The Bioethics Unit at McGill University was established in 1996 with the aim of supporting scholarly research, clinical services, teaching, and public outreach.


Members of the unit have backgrounds in law, sociology, molecular genetics, history, medicine, and philosophy. We offer a master's degree specialization in biomedical ethics for selected master's students in the Division of Experimental Medicine, the Department of Family Medicine, Department of Human Genetics, Department of Philosophy, School of Religious Studies, and Faculty of Law.

Master's Specialization in Bioethics

The Master's Specialization in Bioethics at McGill University is sponsored by the:

  • Faculty of Medicine, Division of Experimental Medicine, Department of Human Genetics, Department of Family Medicine;
  • Faculty of Law; and
  • Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, School of Religious Studies.

Students receive an M.A., LL.M., or M.Sc. degree in the discipline chosen with a specialization in Bioethics.

Some applicants are mid-career professionals currently working as physicians, nurses, social workers, other health care providers, or lawyers. Other applicants have recently completed their undergraduate degrees in science, philosophy, law, religious studies, or other disciplines, and wish to pursue specialized master's level training in bioethics before enrolling in doctoral level studies or entering the workplace.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bioethical Theory
  • Law and Health Care
  • Ethics, Medicine and Religion
  • Seminar: Medical Ethics
  • Public Health Ethics & Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application and application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample/portfolio
  • A research supervisor
  • Study permits/student visas

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27000 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 900 CAD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    8730 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 291 CAD per credit during 12 months.


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