Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics

Course 467AA (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016
CRICOS Code: 044108B
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months


Associate Professor Christopher Cordner



Currently enrolled in this course:

Course Overview:

Please note that 467AA Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics will no longer be accepting new applications as of the 1st January 2015, the program from 2015 will be offered as a specialisation in the GDA-ARTS Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) program. Please refer to the correct handbook entry for program information for commencing students from 2015.

The Postgraduate Diploma provides students with an advanced 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 diploma may lead to higher degree study in professional ethics or related areas of study.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics 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;
  • develop a sophisticated understanding of the application of these concepts in their professional field or study area;
  • develop research and analytical skills enabling further study at higher degree levels.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics requires:

  • thesis (37.5 points)
  • two core subjects (25 points)
  • three elective subjects (totally 37.5 points)

Total 100 points

Please note: the thesis must be taken over two consecutive semesters

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.

Subject Options:

Thesis Subject

37.5 points

Note: the thesis requires two consecutive semesters of enrolment.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Core Subjects

25 points

Where possible, students are advised to complete the core subjects concurrently with, or prior to, undertaking elective subjects.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Elective Subjects

37.5 points

The course coordinator may give permission for graduate subjects at the University of Melbourne other than those listed to be taken as electives, provided that:

  • they are at an appropriate level
  • are relevant to the program
  • permission to enrol has been granted by the subject coordinator
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2016
Semester 1
Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is:

  • an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline


  • a Graduate Certificate in Professional Ethics or a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics


  • 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.

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:

Further Study:

Students who complete the postgraduate diploma may be eligible for the MA or PhD or a masters by coursework.

Graduate Attributes:

Links to further information:

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

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