Short Courses


If you want to get a taste for the study of bioethics before committing to a degree course, there are some fantastic opportunities for you to experience it short-term. Here you will find information about such courses. If you know of one that you think should be listed but is not, please do get in touch!


Empirical Bioethics Training Course

Wednesday 9th - Thursday 10th May 2018 | University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Bristol's Centre for Ethics in Medicine is putting on a training course in empirical bioethics, aimed primarily at early career researchers. The course will give you a chance to critically engage with key challenges and debates in empirical bioethics research and develop your knowledge of methodologies.

Speakers include Dr Jonathan Ives and Dr Michael Dunn, co editors of Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives, among others.

Fees for the course are £420, and there are 7 fully funded places available from the IME Postgraduate Student Committee.

You can find out more and apply here.


Foundations of Bioethics

Monday 4th - Thursday 7th June 2018 | Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, US

The 4-day programme offered by Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics is a great opportunity for those who have had some exposure to the field and are interested, but want to learn a bit more before pursuing it further. Starting with the basics of ethical theory, you will go on to explore how this applies to the sorts of topics covered by bioethics. Law, public health, and research are among the issues dealt with, and there will be plenty of chance to discuss with fellow participants.

As an optional extra, there is a trip to The Hastings Center on Friday 8th June. In addition to further opportunities for bioethics discussion, you will also receive valuable advice from the editors of The Hastings Report on submittion for publication.

You can find out more about fees and applying, as well as a full breakdown of the programme, here.


Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics

Friday 1st June - Saturday 21st July 2018 | Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, US

For those who are a little more sure and want more than 4 days, the Summer Institute may be the way to go! Run every year by Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, the programme brings together participants from numerous disciplines, institutions, and countries. This mix of backgrounds makes for some fantastic discussion in a field as interdisciplinary as bioethics.

The summer faculty is equally as international and interdisciplinary, bringing in incredible speakers and seminar leaders with wide-ranging expertise. You can be sure you will be learning from the very best!

In addition to the programme of lectures and seminars, there are special guided tours of Yale collections such as the Medical Historical Library and The Cushing Brain Collection, visits to The Hastings Center and The Connecticut Hospice, as well as plenty of opportunities to socialise and explore the area (weekend trips to Boston and New York are common!)

You will also have the opportunity to present your research at the prestigious Yale School of Medicine, which is a truly fantastic experience!

You can find out more about programme content, as well as information on fees and applying, here.

To hear what a previous participant has to say, read the review here.


Introductory Course in Bioethics

Monday 2nd - Friday 6th July 2018 | Rome, Italy

This course provides a greater comprehension of bioethics principles and different bioethical issues. Lectures include: original origins; GENDEReality; brave new experiements; from bio-law to personal rights; and many more.

There will also be workshops on brain death, gender and the Norwegian paradox, and informed consent, as well as a movie forum discussion on GATTACA.

You can find out more here.


International Bioethics Summer School

Monday 2nd - Monday 16th July 2018 | New York City, United States

The International Bioethics Summer School Program includes a series of lectures and seminars, field trips, film screenings, and evening events with guest speakers. Field trips this year include the New York Genome Center and a tour of the United Nations.

All participants will present their final papers (written under a faculty member’s supervision) at a conference forum during the final week of the program. The faculty is drawn from a number of leading institutions, including Columbia University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Partial scholarships are available to those from low-income countries to ensure a truly global programme.

You can find out more and apply here.


Ethics in Dementia Care

Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6th July 2018 | Leuven, Belgium

The objective of the course is to foster exchanges on foundational, clinical-ethical, and organisational-ethical approaches to dementia care. During the course, national and international experts will give presentations on various ethical topics in the domain of dementia care. Time will be provided for intensive discussion and interaction.

You can find out more and book your place here.


Human Enhancement: Bioethical Challenges of Emerging Technologies

Monday 9th - Friday 13th July 2018 | Rome, Italy

Human enhancement technologies are not only to treat diseases and disabilities, but to increase human capacities and qualities. Whilst many already exist, there are plenty more emerging, with some speculative.

This course, offered both in England and Italian, offers an interdisciplinary study of human enhancement to better understand the techniques, benefits, and risks of these technologies. Taught through a mixture of classes, conferences, Q&A sessions, movie-forums, and interactive group activities, a vast range of topics will be covered, including: interventions on humans; neuro-cognitive enhancement; neuro-emotional enhancement; moral enhancement; human-machine interaction and robotics; military use of human enhancement; and many more.

You can find out more here.


Biomedical Experimentation with Humans: History, Ethics, and Social Policy

Monday 6th - Friday 10th August 2018 | Nijmegen, the Netherlands

This Radboud Summer School course is about history, ethics, and policies of biomedical research involving human beings. Students will be introduced to evolution of social attitudes towards research enterprise. You will follow the development of research ethics from researcher paternalism, through scandals and tragedies, to the most recent call for learning healthcare systems.

The course will be taught by an ethicist, who has background in philosophy, and by a researcher, who conducts research involving humans and has a practical view on ethical problems.

The deadline for early bird applications is Sunday 1st April 2018, so be sure to book your place soon!

You can find out more and apply here.


“Publish or Perish!” Intensive Course on Research and Publishing in Bioethics

Wednesday 12th - Friday 14th September 2018 | Krakow, Poland

This is a course for all those who want to conduct research and write papers on bioethical issues: students, PhD candidates, and young researchers from diverse professional backgrounds, such as nursing, medicine, philosophy, and theology, as well as health care administration, public health, and law.

The main goal of this course is to enhance participants’ skills in doing research and writing research papers. The course gives not only practical knowledge and information, but also allows participants to practice and master writing skills. The lectures, discussion, and exercises will concern the key elements of research project: writing a research proposal, designing a research plan, choosing a journal, writing a paper, dealing with reviewer, and promoting one’s work through social media.

You can find out more and apply here.


Intensive Course in Nursing Ethics

Tuesday 4th - Friday 7th December 2018 | Leuven, Belgium

The objective of the course is to foster exchanges on foundational and methodological approaches as well as on contemporary and educational issues in nursing ethics. During the course, national and international experts will give presentations on various topics in the domain of nursing ethics.

Detailed information on program, funding opportunities, registration and payment can be found here.


Law and Ethics in Paediatrics

Wednesday 13th - Thursday 14th February 2019 | Imperial College London, London, UK

This course will look at medical law and ethics as applied to paediatric practice, including negligence, confidentiality, child protection, research, end of life care, organ donation, reporting of deaths, and the coronial process. It includes a visit to Westminster Coroner’s Court.

It is open to doctors and nurses, as well as students of both medicine and law.

You can find out more here.