Bioethics and Biolaw

Program Presentation

The Bioethics and Biolaw course is an academic program aimed at training professionals specializing in the study and research of Bioethics.

The program follows a methodological multidisciplinary education from a scientific, anthropological, ethical and legal approach.

The course in Bioethics and Biolaw intends to complement the theoretical handling of the different types of knowledge needed for the study of Bioethics and Biolaw. The program also includes a significant training component focused on research, based on knowledge and management of the triangular method of study typical of Bioethics.

From these two aspects, the student is then guided to the thematic development of the most relevant topics in the study and application of Bioethics to the legal fields and Biolaw that will complement the student’s training in Bioethics.

The Bioethics and Biolaw course is an ideal supplement to enrich any undergraduate or graduate interested in specializing in the Area of Bioethics issues, specifically in the study of the evolution of Bioethics from its origins to the present, with emphasis on the analysis of law, legal principles and regulations specialized in the field of Bioethics.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed methodology and a clear and diverse curriculum, makes the Bioethics and Biolaw program designed for professionals interested in the study of law, legal principles and standards whose emphasis is on the field of Bioethics.

The subject of Bioethics and Biolaw is an ideal addition for undergraduates or graduates interested in subjects from the Bioethical Area.


Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Bioethics and Biolaw.

After successfully completing the Program, the student will receive the degree as awarded by the University where they have enrolled.

Program Structure

The estimated length for the Bioethics and Biolaw program is 490 hours (49 credits)a.

With regards to the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • Being an online program and not being subject to traditional class attendance, there is no established initial date so that students may enroll at any time subject to available spaces.
  • For academic reasons the Program has a minimum duration of nine months.
  • The maximum time available for the Program is twelve months. During this time, the student must have completed all assignments.

The credit structure of the Bioethics and Biolaw program is shown in the following table:

Compulsory Subjects 39 9 390
Final Project 10 3 100
TOTAL 49 12 490

a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university that awards the degree.
b. Length in months.


General objective:

  • To train specialists in Bioethics from a centralized approach relating this discipline with the legal field.

Specific objectives:

  • To train specialists to work with the three major knowledge sources: scientific, anthropological, ethical and moral.
  • To train specialists to have a good command of the triangular method of análisis, a multidisciplinary method typical of the Bioethical field.
  • To train specialists in Bioethics to gain a complete perspective of common areas of study that it shares with legal study.

Career Opportunities

The multidisciplinary nature of the program allows for different career paths. The three main groups suggested are:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Professional field consulting

Study Plan

The Bioethics and Biolaw program has a curricular structure based on two sequential parts and a Final Project, with a total workload of 490 hours:

  • 1st Part: Subjects (390 hours).

The purpose of this first module is to introduce students to the general study of Bioethics. The topics provide the theoretical base that serves as the foundation for knowledge of bioethical discourse and methods.

The corresponding subjects and hours are shown in the following table:

Research methods 50
Biology of the human body 30
General biotechnology 50
Anthropological foundations of bioethics 30
Ethical foundations of bioethics 30
General bioethics 50
Biolaw 40
Applied biolaw 50
Bioethics, health and medical practice 50
Workshop 1 10
  • 2nd Part: Final Project (100 hours).

The last phase of the program is comprised of the Final Project, which may be started prior to the end of the 1stPart: Subjects, since at that time the student will have gained the necessary knowledge to begin the project.

The objective is to present a comprehensive document that shows the total development of the proposed project, contemplating the possibility of its practical implementation, according to the guidelines and details of the submitted Final Project. The Project should be a contribution to the field or related topics, both theoretical and applied.

  2ndPart: Final Project Horas
1 Final Project 100


Academic Administration

  • Dr. Luis Vivanco Sierralta. Bioethics Platform. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja (CIBIR). Spain

General Academic Coordination

  • Dr.(c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. Academic Coordinator of the Health and Nutrition Area in FUNIBER.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Roberto Andorno. Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer. Institute of Biomedical Ethics. University of Zurich. Switzerland.
  • Dr. Nicolás Jouve de la Barreda. Professor. Department of Cellular Biology and Genetics. University of Alcalá de Henares. Spain.
  • Dr. Martha Tarasco Michel, MD. Researcher. Faculty of Bioethics. University of Anahuac. Mexico.
  • Dr. Marta Albert Márquez. Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. University of Rey Juan Carlos-Madrid. Spain.
  • Dr. Luis Vivanco Sierralta. Platform for Bioethics Research. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja. Spain.
  • Dr. Luis Raez, MD. Associate Professor of Medicine. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. University of Miami. Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. USA.
  • Dr. Jean Laffitte. Pontificia Università Lateranense. Italy.
  • Dr. Jacques Saudeau, MD. Scientific Section Director. Pontifical Academy for Life. Italy.
  • Dr. Gaetano Torlone. Medicine Facoltà di e de Chirurgia Plastica. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Italy
  • Dr. Elio Sgreccia. Centro di Bioethics. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Italy.
  • Dr. Alfredo Martínez Ramírez. Principle Researcher. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja. Spain.
  • Blanca Bartolomé, MD. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja. Spain
  • Dr. Carlos A. Gómez Fajardo. Professor of Bioethics. Faculty of Medicine. Bolivian Pontifical University, Colombia. Faculty of Medicine. University of Sabana. Colombia.
  • Dr. Carlos Beltramo.Faculty of Education. University of Navarra. Spain
  • Dr. José Carlos Bermejo. Specialist in health humanization, in mourning and bioethics, Master Director in Counseling, a Postgraduate Course in Mourning, Humanization, in Management and Pastoral Care of the Health. Professor of the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Catholic University of Portugal and Rome, Author of numerous books and articles in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
  • Dr (c). Cesar Moreno. Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. University of Rey Juan Carlos-Madrid. Spain.
  • Dr (c). Jorge Olaechea. Faculty of Philosophy. Pontificia Università Lateranense. Italy
  • Dr (c). Montserrat San Martín. Faculty of Sciences, studies in agri-foods and informatics. University of La Rioja. Spain
  • Dr.(c) Vivian Lipari Zegarra. Doctoral Candidate. Master in Public Health from the University of Chile.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.