UNESCO Chair in Bioethics


  • Bioethics and Law Observatory
  • UNESCO Chair in Bioethics
  • University of Barcelona
  • Faculty of Law
  • Ave. Diagonal, 684
  • 08034 Barcelona
  • (+34) 93 403 45 46
  • obd.ub@ub.edu
  • Master in Bioethics and Law
  • (+34) 93 403 45 46
  • master.bd@ub.edu


The XIV Master Degree in Bioethics and Law at the University of Barcelona (2011-2013)


Jointly organised by the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at the University of Barcelona and the Bioethics and Law Observatory in Barcelona Science Park.

The Master Degree in Bioethics and Law is a post-graduate study course offered by the University of Barcelona and adheres to the UNESCO Bioethics Core Curriculum. It is a two-year course and represents 90 ECTS credits; it may be undertaken entirely by distance-learning through the virtual campus, which includes the opportunity to attend teaching sessions every January.

The Master Degree is orientated towards the education and training in bioethics of healthcare professionals, members of ethics committees, legal practitioners and in general of individuals who are interested in obtaining an overall, flexible and integrated picture of bioethics set against a background of respect for recognised human rights, and in acquiring interdisciplinary training to facilitate rational decision-making in the face of problems stemming from scientific progress.

The teaching staff for the course is made up of professionals and academics of recognised standing led by Dr. María Casado, holder of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at the University of Barcelona.  The methodology is adaptable to the needs of individual students from different professional and geographical areas.

For full information on teaching staff, objectives and methodology, please visit:

Registration is now open for the new course which begins in October 2011. Applicants should send a brief CV to obd@pcb.ub.es together with the pre-registration form which can be downloaded from the admissions section of the course website: www.bioeticayderecho.ub.es/master

Applicants must provide properly-authenticated proof that they have a university degree, as well as sufficient knowledge of Spanish, as this is the language in which the course is taught.

Course fees: €5,500 (First year registration fee €2,650; second year €2,850)

Deadline for applications: September 2011.

This announcement is transmitted through the UNESCO Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs). The GEObs is a system of databases with worldwide coverage in bioethics and other areas of applied ethics in science and technology such as environmental ethics, science ethics and technology ethics. The system currently comprises six databases on ethics experts, ethics institutions, ethics teaching programmes, ethics related legislation and guidelines, codes of conduct and resources in ethics. For more information, please visit the observatory’s website at: