Master's degree in bioethics and biolaw


Program Description

It is an Interuniversity Official Master (University of La Laguna, University of Las Palmas) taught in mixed mode. Teaching is online classroom sessions and two intensive weekend (Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon).

Main features:

  1. Master ON-LINE with limited sessions. It can be made compatible with the clinical work anywhere.
  2. With special emphasis on the clinical aspects of bioethics and aimed at training members of clinical ethics committees and commissions professional associations.
  3. Multidisciplinary and open. official graduate degree. With the backing of two Spanish public universities and the participation of teachers from three other public universities and recognized experts in each subject.

Justification title

This Master's degree is the result of the experience of five universities (La Laguna, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, País Vasco, Zaragoza and Rovira i Virgili) that participated in the realization of a program of their own Master's Degree in Bioethics, of 60 credits , and organized according to the requirements of the European Higher Education Area, in the three previous editions. At this moment, the Interuniversity Master in Bioethics and Biolaw is an official title offered jointly by two of the five universities that already offered it: the University of La Laguna, and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Study of the social demand and demand of students

The need for training in Bioethics has been clearly established in recent years, as a result of the complexity acquired by medical practice and the change of paradigm in the relationships between professionals and patients. It is not enough with "good intention" or common sense, but it is necessary to deepen both the philosophical and anthropological foundations of man, health and disease, as well as on current ethical and deontological criteria, as well as on the legal and of civil and criminal liability for medical acts.

One of the main objectives of the Master is the training of professionals to identify ethical problems in the health field and has a specific orientation towards the necessary training to facilitate the creation of the Care Ethics Committees (CEA).

It is also complemented by a broader vision, since from the first moment an interdisciplinary program has been planned, ensuring that the academic direction and teaching are based on experience and training in different and complementary areas related to Bioethics and Biolaw (Law , Medicine, Research and Clinical Trials, and Nursing). Finally, due to the dispersion of students in five different territorial areas, and others who enroll outside of these autonomous communities, a program based on virtual teaching and educational platforms on the Internet has been organized.

Participating in this Master has direct implications in improving the attendance of hospitals, although it involves an important workload for most students who must combine an intensive professional dedication and a high level of responsibility with the teaching dedication to the program. For these reasons, the number of students in each edition is expected to range between 20 and 40. On the other hand, being an Official Postgraduate Degree, it will be especially attractive for students of Health Sciences and Legal Sciences who need a Master's degree to complete their university studies and eventually to obtain a doctorate, and for graduates of studies. of Medicine, as Master of Specialization.

Entry and exit profile

Admission Profile

The profile of admission and previous training that qualifies for access to the degree is as follows:

Possess any of the following degrees:

  • Or Masters degree in medicine
  • Or Masters degree in Law, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Psychology, and other related.
  • Graduates or graduates in these subjects, according to previous study plans.

It is expected to have sensitivity to the values ​​of respect and dignity without distinction of culture, creed or sexual orientation, and committed to improving society.

According to DECREE 168/2008, of 22 July, approving the procedure, requirements and evaluation criteria for the authorization of the deployment of leading to the obtaining of the official titles of Bachelor, Master and regulates university education doctorate from the Canary Islands (Article 4.5), students must demonstrate knowledge of a second language, preferably at the English to an appropriate level and in line with the teaching needs. This level is usually the B1.

Graduation profile

Professionals with an interest in Bioethics. It specifically trains to be a member of the Research Ethics Committee, Clinical Research Ethics Committees, Animal Welfare and Research Committees and Health Ethics Committees.


  • Training health professionals to recognize the ethical aspects of their professional practice, knowing identify moral conflicts and values ​​at stake in these conflicts.
  • Equip health professionals with knowledge to enable them to analyze critically and systematically these aspects.
  • Provide professional practical skills to integrate these dimensions in the continuous process of decision making and be able to argue them reasonably.
  • Provide a deeper and systematic training in bioethics and Biolaw a group of professionals who are consultants in Bioethics, qualified healthcare ethics committees members, ethical committees of clinical research, ethics committees and to promote and coordinate teaching in bioethics and biolaw in the community.
  • Knowledge and understanding that provide a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and / or applying ideas, often in a research context.


  • Recognize ethical and legal problems in health practice.
  • Possess sufficient knowledge to understand the most important concepts and theories in the history of bioethics, linking with other related disciplines.
  • Familiarize yourself with the jurisprudential analysis of assumptions framed within the Biolaw.
  • Build and criticize formal and informal arguments, in the field of bioethics, recognizing their strength or weakness and any relevant fallacy.
  • Analyze the structure of the complex and controversial ethical issues, identifying, formulating and proposing alternative approaches.
  • Integrate ethical discourse, taking into account the current multi-culturalism in developed societies and develop arguments that try to understand that multi-culturalism and better explain their own positions.
  • Familiar with civil and criminal liability of biosanitarios professionals.
  • Identify aspects of health-patient relationship important to make an analysis of the ethical problems that arise in daily clinical practice.
  • Encourage a reflective, dialoguing and communicative attitude to all situations that require decisions both extraordinary measures and limitation of therapeutic effort.
  • Understand the notion of consent, the principle of autonomy and familiarity with the conditions legally required for the validity of consent.
  • Acquiring a favorable disposition toward a communicative relationship based on clinical patient.
  • Understand the importance of methodology in resolving bioethical problems.
  • Understanding the methodological diversity and especially the differences between principialist and consequentialist approaches.
  • Learning to communicate ethical arguments publicly defending one's convictions.
  • Know and appreciate the different tools to ethical review to be submitted biomedical research in Spain.
  • Reflect on the importance of research in bioethics.
  • Know the basic contents of the code of ethics of the medical profession and the nurse.

Orientation and tutoring

The master has a plan of tutorials and academic guidance. The purpose of this plan is to help the Master's students successfully complete their training, guiding them at all times and ensuring their autonomous learning. For this, three complementary systems will be articulated through which all the tutorial actions will be developed. A first way will be individual tutoring, through the teacher-tutor, the second includes systematic tutoring by the person responsible for the module and each subject and the third will be done in a group manner, in the face-to-face sessions and will be conducted by the Academic Coordinators of the Master

Each student will be assigned at the beginning of the course an individual academic tutor, from among the professors of the participating universities, usually a professor who teaches at the university in which the student is enrolled. This tutor will be in charge of supporting the formative process of the student body and for this, will maintain regular electronic communication with their tutors and will determine the place, days and hours of face-to-face tutoring that could be requested by the students. Between the functions that we can emphasize of the tutor-academic we indicated:

  1. advise on autonomous learning strategies;
  2. Encourage persistence in the achievement of formative goals, despite the obstacles that may arise;
  3. help solve problems that arise during postgraduate training;
  4. collaborate in the achievement of a comprehensive and professionalizing vision of academic learning;
  5. teach how to plan and organize the learning activity.

On the other hand, students have access to the educational platform 24 h / 7 days a week and they have the necessary materials for the follow-up of the subjects, the tasks, and the feedback of the tutors and teachers. They also have an on-line tutoring with the person in charge of each module during the teaching period (usually 3 months) as well as with the teacher of each subject (usually a week). In addition, they can contact the Academic Secretary at any time and contact the principals of the Master in their center, both by mail and by telephone.

Finally, during the face-to-face sessions, a personalized Master tutoring will be carried out, adjusting the workload and distribution.

External practices

This master does not contemplate the performance of external practices.

Master's thesis


Preparation of a report of research or practical application of Bioethics of between 50 and 200 pages structured in:

  • Introduction
  • Work method
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • practical applications
  • Bibliography

The work must be presented in public and defended before a court of three teachers of the Master.

Learning outcomes

The student must be able to develop a research work in an area of ​​Bioethics related to their professional work that represents a concrete application of the Master's knowledge to their professional environment or a research project oriented to bioethical issues.

In addition, the student must be able to present and defend it in public with clarity, rigor, depth and capable of discussion with the court.

The work can be done and presented in Spanish or English.

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