Master in Bioethics

Master of Bioethics

The Bioethics Unit of Aga Khan University initiated a Master of Bioethics (MBioeth) degree in 2008 sponsored through a training grant from the Fogarty International Center, US, National Institutes of Health. Graduates of the programme are expected to play a leading role in the field of bioethics through their contribution in research and clinical ethics, bioethics education and health policy analysis.


The programme seeks to develop expertise in bioethics in Pakistan and in resource-poor countries covered by EMRO, including: Afghanistan, Palestine, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia , Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. 

On completing the programme, graduates would be able to:

  • Relate philosophical underpinning of ethical discourses from Muslim and Western approaches to moral philosophies
  • Identify and recommend solutions for ethical dilemmas in research involving human participants
  • Identify and provide solutions to ethical dilemmas encountered in clinical practice
  • Establish and become a resource for research ethics and clinical ethics review committees in their own institutions
  • Develop a bioethics curriculum and teach bioethics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Analyse health-related policies in line with an ethical framework
  • Analyse the ethical issues in clinical and research settings from a human rights perspective
  • Conduct research on bioethics​


Bioethics Group

Bioethics in University Curricula


Programme Director
Dr Aasim Ahmad
Professor and Chief
Nephrologists, Kidney Centre,
Chairperson Bioethics Group,
Aga Khan University, Karachi,

Programme Coordinator
Dr Arshi Farooqui
Co-Director and Programme
Coordinator Bioethics Unit,
Aga Khan University, Karachi,