Master in Bioethics and Training

“Every human being is called by God to enjoy the fullness of life; and being entrusted to the maternal care of the Church, every threat to human dignity and life cannot fail to affect her heart, her maternal” bowels “. Defense of life for the Church is not an ideology, it is a reality, a human reality that involves all Christians, precisely because they are Christians and because they are human. […] The message of the Encyclical Evangelium Vitae is therefore more relevant than ever. beyond emergencies, such as the one we are experiencing, it is a matter of acting on the cultural and educational level to transmit to future generations the attitude of solidarity, care, acceptance, knowing full well that the culture of life is not the exclusive patrimony of Christians , but it belongs to all those who, striving for the construction of fraternal relationships, they recognize the proper value of each person, even when they are fragile and suffering. “

(Pope Francis, 25 years after the publication of the encyclical Evangelium vitae, 25 March 2020).


St. John Paul II in the Encyclical Evangelium Vitae placed at the center of attention the urgency of a great strategy in favor of human life: a profound cultural turning point to promote a “culture of life”. Faced with the enormous positive possibilities of science in favor of life, but also with unprecedented threats, it is a question of “permeating all cultures and animating them from within” so that they take care and express the whole truth about man and the life of he.

The Pontifical Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and the Family and the Institute of Bioethics and Medical Humanities of the Catholic University welcome this pressing invitation from the Pope, offering a rigorous and interdisciplinary academic training aimed at taking on the burning issues of current affairs in the framework of fundamental anthropological, ethical and juridical references. In fact, small, isolated responses and partial solutions to individual cases are not enough. It is necessary to keep our gaze open on the complete truth of man, which is revealed to us in Christ.

This is the novelty of the proposal of the Master in Bioethics and Training and the fruitfulness of the collaboration between our two Institutes. The decades-long experience, very rich and pioneering in Italy of the Institute of Bioethics at the Catholic University, in contact with the most burning issues of medicine and in international dialogue, meets with the contribution of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute.

The questions concerning human life, from its conception to natural death, from illness to its recovery, are read and critically studied in the context of family relationships and the relationship between generations:

“The family, a community of life and love founded on marriage, is the sanctuary of life, a place where life, a gift of God, can be adequately welcomed and protected against the many attacks to which it is exposed and can develop according to needs. of authentic human growth “( Evangelium vitae , n. 92).

II level University Master in Bioethics and Training

    Duration : 2 part-time academic years (60 ECTS).
    Admission requirement : original degree certificate (specialist or continuous cycle – old system – or equivalent qualifications issued abroad and accompanied by a declaration of value).
    Objectives :
        * to offer a rigorous and interdisciplinary academic training on issues concerning interventions on human life in the age of technology, placing them within the framework of fundamental anthropological, theological-moral and juridical references;
        * provide adequate tools to place bioethical issues in the various training contexts (aiming at the training of trainers) and consultative (ethics committees, ethical consultancy).
    The organization of studies is divided into 5 training areas, with lectures, exercises and personal online work. It includes a final test for the achievement of the Master.
    Academic program 2022-2024
        Area of anthropology, ethics and law
        Area of special bioethics (beginning-of-life, end-of-life, genetics)
        Area of applied ethics
        Area of communication
        Area of training
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SECRETARIAT for the Master in Bioethics and Training

Dr. Susanna BEFANI
Tel: (+39) 06 698 95 535
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