Health Care Ethics: postgraduate papers and qualifications you can study

This page has the postgraduate health care ethics papers and qualifications (courses) that you can study at AUT. See links to paper descriptions and outlines of each qualification.

Today’s high-pressure health care environment continually creates complex ethical and legal problems. However, health professionals do not always possess sufficient knowledge and skills to deal confidently and effectively with these challenges. Our papers in ethics and health law address this gap, seamlessly combining scholarly inquiry with practical application. They offer a comprehensive education in ethics and an introduction to legal analysis for health care professionals of all kinds.

The Health Care Ethics specialisation within AUT's health programmes is open to all qualified health professionals.

Who can study health care ethics at postgraduate level?

  • Provided you meet the entry requirements, you can enter postgraduate programmes at the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or master's levels outlined below.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Health Care Ethics (AK3484) 60 points

The PgCertHSc provides you with the opportunity to undertake an approved course of study to advance their specialty discipline, knowledge and scholarly development. This qualification may contribute 60 points towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science*, Master of Health Science or Master of Health Practice.

You must complete:
HEAL825 Applied Health Care Ethics (15 points)
HLAW801 Health Law (15 points)

MELS801 Biomedical Ethics (15 points)
HEAL815 Specialist Readings (15 points)

PHIL880 Ethics of Biotechnology (30 points)

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Health Care Ethics (AK3487) 120 points

The PgDipHSc is a coursework programme which can lead into the Master of Health Science or Master of Health Practice. It provides you with the opportunity to undertake an approved course of study to advance your speciality discipline, knowledge and scholarly development.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Health Care Ethics papers* (60 points)

And select 1 research paper:
HEAL840 Critical Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice^ (15 points)

HEAL811 Integrative Research (15 points)

Select 1 professional paper:
HEAL812 Health Professional Practice (15 points)
HEAL813 Practice Reality (15 points)

And select 30 points from papers approved by Programme Leader including Specialist Readings if not taken previously.

Master of Health Science*** (AK3485) 240 points

The MHSc provides an opportunity for graduates from a variety of health backgrounds to advance their scholarly and professional knowledge in an interprofessional and collegial learning environment, and to develop research capabilities.

This degree comprises core and specialist papers and a thesis or dissertation, which gives students the opportunity to complete research relevant to your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Health Care Ethics papers (120 Points)

HEAL999 Thesis** (120 points)

Within this subject area other relevant optional papers may be undertaken with the approval of the Associate Dean Postgraduate. Optional papers may be selected from other relevant subject areas.

Doctor of Health Science

The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) is designed for health professionals with at least five years’ professional experience who wish to broaden their professional practice competency and expertise. It comprises papers and research development, which culminates in a thesis.


Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is undertaken by research only. There is no compulsory coursework involved. The PhD is an advanced postgraduate degree that is particularly suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career.

A successful candidate will make a significant original contribution to the body of knowledge in relation to a contemporary issue in health and environmental research.

Students will have supervisors to guide and advise them, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.

What the symbols mean

Flexible learning options are available. This involves online, block course or distance learning (subject to change).
^ For non research-thesis pathway.
*A Postgraduate Certificate must be surrendered in order to claim full credits towards a Postgraduate Diploma. Please refer to the AUT Calendar for further details regarding Recognition of Prior Learning.
** If completing a 120 point thesis, you need to have completed
either: Qualitative Research II OR Quantitative Research II.
*** Unendorsed

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.51pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.