Master in Bioethics

Program Presentation

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

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

Who is the programme for?

The Master’s degree is addressed to professionals with an interest in Bioethics. Nevertheless, preference will be given to those candidates whose training in Bioethics is mandatory within their professional preparation.

Diploma

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

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

Program Structure

The estimated duration for the completion of the Master's degree in Bioethics is 2 years, with an academic load of 90 credits equivalent to 900 hours of online coursework.

The program is distributed in three theoretical and practical modules and a fourth module in research:

  • Theoretical and practical modules. These are independent thematic units. Each module is made up of a group of subjects and two analysis workshops. The modules are: Fundamental Bioethics, Bioethics and scientific experimentation, and Bioethics and life and human health care.
  • Research module. It is a fully practical unit which is composed of the development of the Final Master’s Project (FMP). The access to this module is achieved once the Fundamental Bioethics module has been approved.

The credit structure for the Master’s degree in Bioethics is summarized in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
TOTAL 90 24 900
Module 1: Fundamental Bioethics 25 7 250
Module 2: Bioethics and scientific experimentation 20 5 200
Module 3: Bioethics and life and human health care 25 7 250
Module 4: Research 20 5 200

a. The equivalent of credits may vary according to the university that awards the degree.
b. Duration in months.

Objectives

General Objective

  • To train specialized professionals in the Bioethics field on a theoretical and practical level.

Specific Objectives

  • To prepare professionals in the Bioethics field starting with a solid scientific, anthropological, ethical and legal training.
  • To provide a high level of theoretical and practical training in the bioethics field.
  • To train specialists in the area of Bioethics with experience managing multidisciplinary study groups.

Career Opportunities

The program's multidisciplinary nature allows for a variety of career opportunities. The following are the three main groups:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Professional field consultant

Study Plan

The Master's degree in Bioethics is made up of 4 parts which are described below:

  • MODULE 1: FUNDAMENTAL BIOETHICS (250 HOURS)

The object of the first module is to introduce the student to the general study of Bioethics. The topics developed provide the theoretical bases that work as a foundation for discourse management and Bioethics methods.

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

MODULE 1: FUNDAMENTAL BIOETHICS
  SUBJECTS HOURS
  TOTAL 250
1 Biology of the Human body 30
2 Anthropological foundations of bioethics 30
3 Ethical bases of bioethics 30
4 Workshop 1 10
5 General Bioethics 50
6 Biolaw 40
7 Research methods 50
8 Workshop 2 10
  • MODULE 2: BIOETHICS AND SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTATION (200 HOURS)

The objective of this module is to introduce the student in the study of Bioethics applied to the field of scientific experimentation and environmental care. The focus of the topics covered in this module allows the student to familiarize themselves with an interdisciplinary analysis model typical of Bioethics.

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

MODULE 2: BIOETHICS AND SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTATION
  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Environmental evolution and sustainable development 20
2 General biotechnology 50
3 Workshop 3 10
4 Bioethics and scientific experimentation 60
5 Applied biolaw 50
6 Workshop 4 10
  TOTAL 200
  • MODULE 3: BIOETHICS AND LIFE AND HUMAN HEALTH CARE (250 HOURS)

The object of this module is to introduce the student to the study of Bioethics applied to life and health. The focus of the topics covered in this module allows the student to familiarize themselves with an interdisciplinary analysis model typical of Bioethics.

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

MODULE 3: BIOETHICS AND LIFE AND HUMAN HEALTH CARE
  SUBJECTS HOURS
  TOTAL 250
1 Bioethics, health and medical practice 50
2 Bioethics of human sexuality and reproduction 40
3 Workshop 5 10
4 Legal aspects and senior citizen bioethics 70
5 End of life bioethics 50
6 Resolution/transformation of conflicts in the healthcare field 20
7 Workshop 6 10
  • MODULE 4: RESEARCH (200 HOURS)

The object of this module is so that the student can develop a research project related to any area of personal interest within the Bioethics field. This project is carried out through the implementation of a Final Master Project (FMP) and the drafting of a Proposal which details the development of the previously mentioned study. The research module is finalized once the Proposal has been approved.

MODULE 4: RESEARCH
  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Research 200
  TOTAL 200

Note: The contents of the academic program may be subject to slight modifications, depending on the updates or the improvements made.

Management

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. Phd candidate. Master in Public Health by the Universidad de Chile and Administration of Health Services by the Universidad Federico Villarreal of Peru.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.