Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics

Course 469AA (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 044107C
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.
Course Overview:

The Postgraduate Certificate provides students with a general understanding of key concepts and issues in professional ethics. The course will appeal to professional people who want to understand both the roots of the ethic appropriate to their own profession and the wider social and ethical context in which it is located. The certificate may lead to higher degree study in professional ethics or related areas of study.


Students who complete the postgraduate certificate should:

  • develop a sensitivity to ethical dimensions of practice in their own, and related professions;
  • demonstrate a substantial knowledge of one or more areas in the study of professional ethics;
  • understand the theoretical sources of the key concepts in these areas of study;
  • understand the application of these concepts to their professional field or study area;
  • develop research and analytical skills enabling further study at higher degree levels.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • one compulsory subject
  • three elective subjects

Total 50 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework. Students also should also refer to information in the Student Policy Directory.

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Not offered in 2012
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*Students wishing to take subjects offered by ANU are required to enrol on a Complementary Course basis. Please contact the Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences for more information.

Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is:

  • an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline


  • an undergraduate degree and at least two years of documented relevant experience in professional, public sector or business activities. Interviews may be conducted to assess the applicant's capacity to deal with the theoretical content of the course.

Admission process

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

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The course can only be completed in one semester full-time by students in the February intake, depending on the choice/availability of elective subjects.

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