Bachelor of Medical Science

BMedSc(Hons) - Bioethics at Oxford

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BMedSc(Hons) opportunities in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford and Monash University

Since 2011 the Oxford Uehiro Centre has accepted between 2 and 5 medical students from Monash University's medical programme to undertake a BMedSc(Hons) in Bioethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Julian Savulescu and other research fellows based at the Oxford Uehiro Centre. The academic programme is tailored to Monash University’s requirements, and there is a separate application process through Monash University’s BMedSc office.

Please peruse the websites for both Centres for further information: 

Students choosing an Oxford based program will be co-supervised by a member of the Oxford Uehiro Centre and a member of the Centre for Human Bioethics. Students will be provided with access to bioethics educational resources and have the opportunity to attend relevant lectures, seminars and workshops. However the work will be primarily research and a high level of independence and maturity are required.

For further information please see the Monash University website

Journal publications in collaboration with BMedSc students

Bourne, H., Douglas, T. and Savulescu, J., (2012), 'Procreative beneficence and in vitro gametogenesis', Monash Bioethics Review, Vol: 30(2): 29-4PMC

Douglas, T., Harding, C., Bourne, H. and Savulescu, J. (2012). 'Stem Cell Research and Same-Sex Reproduction'. in M. Quigley, S. Chan and J. Harris, (Eds.)   Stem Cells: New Frontiers in Science and Ethics (World Scientific) pp 207-228.

Arora, C., Savulescu, J., Maslen, H., Selgelid, M. and Wilkinson, D., (2016), 'The Intensive Care Lifeboat: a survey of lay attitudes to rationing dilemmas in neonatal intensive care', BMC Medical Ethics, Vol: 17(1): 69. PMC

D'Hotman, D., Pugh, J. and Douglas, T. (2016), 'Methadone for Prisoners'. The Lancet, Vol: 387(10015):224.

Doolabh K, Caviola L, Savulescu J, Selgelid M, Wilkinson D. Zika, Contraception and The Non-Identity Problem. Developing World Bioeth. 2017; 17: 173–204.

Nair T, Savulescu J, Everett J, et al Settling for second best: when should doctors agree to parental demands for suboptimal medical treatment? Journal of Medical Ethics 2017;43:831-840.

D'Hotman, D., Pugh, J. and Douglas, T., (2018), 'When is coercive methadone therapy justified?', Bioethics, Vol: 32(7): 405-413 [PMC6174954]

Wagner, K., Maslen, H., Oakley, J. and Savulescu, J., (2018), 'Would you be willing to zap your child's brain? Public perspectives on parental responsibilities and the ethics of enhancing children with transcranial direct current stimulation', AJOB Empirical Bioethics, Vol: 9(1): 29-38  [PMC6068541]

Bambery, B., Douglas, T., Selgelid, M., Maslen, H., Giubilini, A., Pollard, A. and Savulescu, J., (2018), 'Influenza vaccination strategies should target children', Public Health Ethics, Vol: 11(12): 221-234 [PMC6093440]

Dao, B., Faber, N., Giubilini, A., Douglas, T., Selgelid, M. and Savulescu, J., (2019), 'Impartiality and infectious disease: prioritising individuals versus the collective in antibiotic prescription', AJOB Empirical Bioethics, Vol: 10(1): 63-69 [PMC6446247]

D'Hotman De Villiers, D., Pugh, J. and Douglas, T., (2019), 'The case against forced methadone detox in US prisons', Public Health Ethics, Vol: 12(1): 89–93 [PMC6415724]   

Di Stefano, L, Mills, C, Watkins, A, Wilkinson, D. 'Ectogestation ethics: The implications of artificially extending gestation for viability, newborn resuscitation and abortion'. Bioethics. 2019; 00: 1– 14.

Doolabh, K., Caviola, L., Savulescu, J. et al. Is the non-identity problem relevant to public health and policy? An online surveyBMC Med Ethics 20, 46 (2019).

Hayden D, Villanueva-Uy ME, Mendoza MK, et al, 'Resuscitation of preterm infants in the Philippines: a national survey of resources and practice', Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition Published Online First: 14 June 2019. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2019-316951


Brick C, Kahane G, Wilkinson D, et al Worth living or worth dying? The views of the general public about allowing disabled children to die, Journal of Medical Ethics 2020;46:7-15.

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