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PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

Bioethics and Medical Ethics are fields with tremendous dynamic due to the rapid development of biotechnology, genetics, medical technology and, in general, the life sciences. The health care provider nowadays needs to have knowledge and skills that go beyond his / her traditional tasks in order to make decisions about the beginning and the end of life, as well as for the implementation of technological achievements in order to improve the quality of life the protection of their essential inalienable rights of the patients, the protection of their personal data, and much more. Bioethics and Medical Ethics are fields with tremendous dynamic due to the rapid development of biotechnology, genetics, medical technology and, in general, the life sciences. The health care provider nowadays needs to have knowledge and skills that go beyond his / her traditional tasks in order to make decisions about the beginning and the end of life, as well as for the implementation of technological achievements in order to improve the quality of life the protection of their essential inalienable rights of the patients, the protection of their personal data, and much more.

To this purpose, the Postgraduate Programme in "Bioethics - Medical Ethics" integrates modules that focus on cutting-edge issues as well as on the theoretical background of Medical Ethics and Bioethics. The Programme is comprehensively structured and aims to the in-depth training of students. The Programme is innovative, on the one hand, in that it will be the only one offered on those two scientific areas in Greece and Cyprus, and on the other hand due to the structure of the curriculum itself that places it in the scientific and academic avant-garde. The Programme offers two academic specializations: a) Bioethics, and b) Medical Ethics.

WHY CHOOSE TO ATTEND?

The Postgraduate Programme in "Bioethics - Medical Ethics" is primarily designed to serve the needs of health care professionals, doctors, nurses, researchers and law professionals (arbitrators, mediators, barristers, solicitors, judges etc.) as well as paralegals. It aims to provide students the above-mentioned knowledge and skills on purpose of improving the quality of services they provide, sharpen their critical thinking and render them able to handle critical situations and make key decisions about the course and quality life of those who seek their services. At the same time, the knowledge that students will acquire will make them less vulnerable to moral or legal slippages.

The Programme is evaluated and certified by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education.

 

EUROPEAN CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM – ECTS: 120

TEACHING LANGUAGE:  Greek

LEVEL: Postgraduate

DEGREE AWARDED: Magister Artium (MA)

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Holders of an accredited Bachelor’s degree at the time of registration.
  • Sufficient command of the English language.

 

TUITION FEES

The tuition fees for this programme amount to  €5,400. The tuition fees per module are  €450 (10 ects module and Master Thesis I) and  €900 for Master Thesis II.

 

APPLICATIONS

Prospective students must submit the online application form through https://applications.ouc.ac.cy/admissions?sap-language=EL

 

 

Programme Structure

The Programme offers two academic specializations: a) Bioethics, and b) Medical Ethics. The particular objectives of each one of the two directions are as follows:The Programme offers two academic specializations:

a) Bioethics, and b) Medical Ethics. The particular objectives of each one of the two directions are as follows:

MA Bioethics – Medical Ethics, Academic direction: Bioethics

Next to the general purpose and objectives of the Postgraduate Programme, the particular objectives of the academic concentration on “Bioethics” are the following:

  • To provide in-depth and detailed knowledge to professionals from relevant fields (lawyers, geneticists, biologists, experimental medics, pharmacologists, nursing staff) on crucial current bioethical issues.
  • To provide detailed instruction to individual researchers or to members of research groups on current regulations related to bioethical issues (research protocols, declarations, domestic legislation, codes of deontology).
  • To provide detailed instruction to individual researchers or to members of research groups on current regulations related to bioethical issues (research protocols, declarations, domestic legislation, codes of deontology).
  • To provide the specialization required so as the Programme’s graduates will be eligible for Bioethics Committees or Commissions, Research Deontology Committees, and relevant institutional boards.
  • To enhance critical thinking and promote the dialogue on issues related to Bioethics.

MA Bioethics – Medical Ethics, Academic Direction: Medical Ethics

  • Next to the general purpose and objectives of the Postgraduate Programme, the particular objectives of the academic concentration on “Medical Ethics” are the following:
  • To provide detailed and in-depth knowledge to professional from relevant fields (lawyers, geneticists, biologists, experimental medics, pharmacologists, nursing staff) on crucial issues that fall within the domain of Medical Ethics.
  • To provide specialized expert training to the medical and nursing staff of state and private hospitals and clinics (doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses, researchers), so as they will be able to meet the requirements of their profession.
  • To provide detailed knowledge to medical and nursing staff (doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses, researchers) on topics related to legal issues that concern their professions, so as to be able to avoid slippages that would render them – and the institutions they work for – vulnerable to law suits.
  • To create specialized personnel eligible to staff Research Deontology Committees or Commissions in state and private health institutions.
  • To enhance critical thinking and promote the dialogue on issues related to Medical Ethics.
Modules Semester Required / Elective Pre-requisite Modules Co-requisite Modules Workload
Common for all Specializations  Hours ECTS
ΒΙΗ511 History of Moral Theories 1 Required     250-300 10
ΒΙΗ512 Human Rights and Theories of Human Rights 1 Required   ΒΙΗ511 250-300 10
ΒΙΗ521 Ethics and Integrity in Research 2 Required ΒΙΗ511, ΒΙΗ512   250-300 10
ΒΙΗ611 Neuroethics 3 Required ΒΙΗ511, ΒΙΗ513   250-300 10
ΒΙΗ701Α Master’s Thesis I 3 Required ΒΙΗ511, ΒΙΗ514   250-300 10
ΒΙΗ701Β Master’s Thesis II 4 Required ΒΙΗ511, ΒΙΗ515 ΒΙΗ701Α 250-300 20
Direction: Bioethics             
ΒΙΗ513 Introduction to Applied Ethics and Bioethics 1 Required   ΒΙΗ511 250-300 10
ΒΙΗ522 Bioethics and Human Genome** 2 Required ΒΙΗ511   250-300 10
ΒΙΗ523 Bioethics and the Beginning of Life** 2 Elective ΒΙΗ511 ΒΙΗ522 250-300 10
ΒΙΗ524 Bioethics and Enhancement** 2 Elective ΒΙΗ511 ΒΙΗ522 250-300 10
ΒΙΗ612 Bioethics and Law 3 Required ΒΙΗ511 BIH512, BIH513 250-300 10
ΒΙΗ621 Global Bioethics* 4 Elective ΒΙΗ511, BIH512   250-300 10
ΒΙΗ622 Bioethics and Health Care Policies* 4 Elective ΒΙΗ511, BIH512, BIH513   250-300 10
Direction: Medical Ethics             
ΒΙΗ514 Introduction to Applied Ethics and Medical Ethics 1 Required   ΒΙΗ511 250-300 10
ΒΙΗ525 Introduction to Clinical Ethics 2 Required ΒΙΗ511   250-300 10
ΒΙΗ526 Medical Deontology*** 2 Elective ΒΙΗ511 ΒΙΗ525 250-300 10
ΒΙΗ527 Ethics and Reproductive Health*** 2 Elective ΒΙΗ511 ΒΙΗ525 250-300 10
ΒΙΗ613 Ethics and the Pharmaceutical Industry 3 Required ΒΙΗ511 BIH512, BIH514 250-300 10
ΒΙΗ621 Global Bioethics* 4 Elective ΒΙΗ511, BIH512   250-300 10
ΒΙΗ623 Medical Ethics and Marginal Cases* 4 Elective ΒΙΗ511, BIH512, BIH514   250-300 10
          Total 3000-3600 120

 

Notes

* Students can choose either the optional module of their academic direction of the common optional module, i.e.

  • Academic Direction “Bioethics”: BIH621 or BIH622
  • Academic Direction “Medical Ethics”: ΒΙΗ621 and ΒΙΗ623

** Students of the Academic Direction “Bioethics” can choose one (1) of the two (2) offered optional modules, (BIH523, BIH524)

*** Students of the Academic Direction “Medical Ethics” can choose one (1) of the two (2) offered optional modules, (BIH526, BIH527)

 

ΒΙΗ511: History of Moral Theories, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ512: Human Rights and Theories of Human Rights, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ513: Introduction to Applied Ethics and Bioethics, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ514: Introduction to Applied Ethics and Medical Ethics, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ521: Ethics and Integrity in Research, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ522: Bioethics and Human Genome, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ523: Bioethics and the Beginning of Life, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ524: Bioethics and Enhancement, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ525: Introduction to Clinical Ethics, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ526: Medical Deontology, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ527: Ethics and Reproductive Health, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ611: Neuroethics, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ612: Bioethics and Law, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ613: Ethics and the Pharmaceutical Industry, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ621: Global Bioethics, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ622: Bioethics and Health Care Policies, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ623: Medical Ethics and Marginal Cases, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ701Α: Master’s Thesis I, 10 ects

ΒΙΗ701Β: Master’s Thesis II, 20 ects

For additional information, please contact Ms. Yianna Yiasouma (yianna.yiasouma1@ouc.ac.cy), 00357-22411915