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!


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.