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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 105 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.
Duration of the Programme
Examination of the Dissertation
Level of Award of the Degree
The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances, and with the approval of the Board of Studies, approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.
Structure of the Programme
Papers for the Degree of Master of Bioethics and Health Law
- BITX 401 Theories of Biomedical Ethics; and
- BITX 403 Issues in Law, Ethics and Medicine; and
- LAWS 447 Law and Medicine; and
At least one of
- LAWS 311 Family Law
- LAWS 448 Law and Psychiatry
- LAWS 467 International Human Rights Law
- LAWS 480 Research Paper;
and any papers listed in this schedule including the following to make a total of least 105 points:
- BITX 404 Ethics and Health Care
- BITX 405 Bioethics in Clinical Practice
- BITX 406 Health Research Ethics
- BITX 407 Advanced Health Research Ethics
- BITC 410, BITC 411, BITC 412 Special Topics; and
- BITC 890 MBHL Dissertation
University of Otago Coursework Master's Scholarship
The University of Otago Coursework Master's Scholarship provides funding to support course work-based Master's students studying at the University of Otago.Information
Applicants must be:
- obtaining their first Otago Coursework Master's qualification
- domestic students or international students
- undertaking a papers based thesis*
* Coursework Masters Scholarships are not available for the papers year of a two-year research Masters degree.
Selection is based predominantly on academic merit and the applicants potential for research.