The Official Master's Degree in Bioethics is among the most important activities organized by the Chair in Bioethics. This Chair is one of the most pioneering in Spain and leads the field in terms of Bioethics teaching, research and publications. It was founded in the 1997-1998 academic year by P. Javier Gafo SJ and aims to provide professional training for people who want to specialize in bioethics, whether to sit on Healthcare Ethics Committees, in both private and public hospitals, or to work in bioethics-related research and teaching.
It offers an interdisciplinary vision of all fields of Bioethics, including the philosophical, scientific, legal, psychological and theological dimensions. To achieve this, the program is taught by over 30 lecturers. These experts hail from the very best bioethics institutions in Spain, specialize in the subjects taught and have extensive national and international professional experience.
Who is it intended for?
University graduates: doctors, qualified nurses, psychologists, jurists, biologists, philosophers, theologians and others who wish to specialize in bioethics, whether to sit on Healthcare Ethics Committees, in both private and public hospitals, or to work in bioethics-related research and teaching.
Admission application deadline:
The period for submitting applications opens in January 2017.
Information about the documentation to submit
Maximum number of students: 30
No. of credits:
60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
In Madrid, c/Rey Francisco, 4
October to July 2017-2018.
Last years' fees were €5,100 (€1,740 registration fee plus 8 installments of €420)
C/ Universidad de Comillas, 3
Tfno: + 00 34 91 734 39 50 (Ext. 2569)
The presentation of the different topics will be accompanied by sessions on case study analysis and literature review. To complement their studies in this field, students will have the opportunity to take part in various workshops and the Interdisciplinary Seminar on Bioethics, which is organized each year by the Chair. In terms of assessment, in addition to attendance and active participation, the following will apply:
This module not only introduces students to a new area of study but also to detailed analysis of all questions related to the substantiation of bioethics. SUBJECTS:
These subjects address key ethical problems that arise in professional clinical practice. SUBJECTS:
This module addresses issues such as research on vulnerable persons, clinical trials, testing, animals, genetic counseling and other problems to arise from human testing. SUBJECTS:
This module provides an in-depth analysis of current key issues such as scientific and ethical aspects of embryos and their status; prenatal diagnosis; sexuality; demography; transplants; neonatology; the mature minor; scientific, legal, ethical and theological aspects of human assisted reproduction, and all other relevant questions concerning the beginning of human life, on both a secular and a Christian level.SUBJECTS:
This module addresses questions such as old age, nutrition, hydration, futility, quality of life, palliative care, terminality, physician-assisted death and AIDS, in addition to analyzing the anthropological and theological perspectives of pain and death. SUBJECTS:
This module covers both classical and current theories of Justice, as well as their possible application to underlying problems in the operation of healthcare systems, the distribution of resources, global justice, solidarity, patents and biotechnology, ecology, etc. SUBJECTS:
Students will have the opportunity to take part in an Interdisciplinary Seminar on Bioethics that the Chair organizes each year around a particular current theme. Around fifty leading experts from the Spanish and Portuguese world of Bioethics attend these intensive, 3-day seminars. The seminars are organized into eight conferences that approach the chosen theme from various related fields (Philosophy, Psychology, Law, Medicine, Sociology, Theology, Economics, etc.), and are then followed by a range of talks and debates in which all attendees can take part.
These seminars are an invaluable opportunity for students to meet leading experts from the Spanish and Portuguese world of Bioethics, and to take part in and learn from talks, debates and conversations over lunch and during breaks.
The Master's Dissertation (TFM) is an individual research project carried out by the student. It forms a key aspect of the Master's Degree as it involves each student choosing a topic of particular personal or professional interest, which must be accompanied by a detailed bibliography, critical analysis, summary and evaluation of the chosen topic.
This work is performed under the guidance of a lecturer chosen by the student. Finished projects will be presented in class to fellow students, the Director and any lecturers who wish to attend, and the presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
These presentations allow students to express their mastery of the necessary skills acquired to be awarded the Master's Degree in Bioethics, combining the knowledge gained from the different modules and the complementary learning activities.