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Ethics and Policy for Technological Innovation Certificate

The Ethics and Policy for Technological Innovation Certificate (EPTIC) is a concurrent certificate that is available to any student in an undergraduate degree program, and may be completed as part of a student’s elective credit. 

EPTIC is designed to prepare undergraduate students from health science, engineering, business, humanities, science, and social science to work together on teams to identify and resolve the ethical, institutional, and policy challenges posed by novel technologies that are highly promising but also potentially socially disruptive. 

The Certificate will recognize students for having gained core subject matter competencies and experience that significantly enhance their ability to work together and communicate effectively as members of such interdisciplinary research teams.

The Certificate comprises 15 units (5 courses total). Four of the courses (12 units) in this sequence of courses will prepare the student for the certificate’s culminating fifth course (3 units), a 4th year seminar (PHILOS 4V03) in which students will work together on interdisciplinary teams under the direction of faculty and staff associated with the McMaster University Institute for Ethics and Policy Innovation (IEPI).


Admission is by application. Students interested in applying for this certificate will complete PHILOS 2D03 and one of PHILOS 2S03 or PHILOS 2G03. A supplementary application will be available each Spring (beginning in April 2019), for those wishing to apply to this certificate program.

Students accepted and enrolled in the Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law Honours BA Program are not eligible to apply for the Certificate.

 Any student seeking a Philosophy Honours BA may satisfy no more than 2 courses (6 units) of the Philosophy Honours BA Program requirements with courses that the student has also designated as counting toward the satisfaction of the Certificate’s requirements.


15 units total

3 units

  • PHILOS 2D03 – Bioethics

3 units from

  • PHILOS 2G03 – Social and Political Issues
  • PHILOS 2S03 – History of Political Philosophy

3 units from

  • PHILOS 2N03 – Business Ethics
  • PHILOS 2TT3 – Ethical Issues in Communication
  • PHILOS 2YY3 – Introduction to Ethics

3 units from

  • PHILOS 3C03 – Advanced Bioethics
  • PHILOS 3CC3 – Advanced Ethics
  • PHILOS 3I03 – Philosophy and Feminism
  • PHILOS 3L03 – Environmental Philosophy
  • PHILOS 3N03 – Political Philosophy
  • PHILOS 3Q03 – Philosophy of Law

3 units

  • PHILOS 4V03 – Multidisciplinary Workshop in the Ethics and Policy of Technological Innovation