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Global Ethics MSc

Course Description

This flexible programme offers a range of modules in the field of ethics, in addition to the opportunity to participate in a research seminar or undertake a placement with an NGO or the equivalent. The programme is designed to accommodate those wishing to study part-time around other commitments. It is equally suitable for recent graduates or post-experience students, for those wishing to go on to further research in one or more of the topics, or for those with a personal interest in the field of global ethics.

Course content

You will study six modules, three of which are core Global Ethics modules (see Modules tab for descriptions):

- Global Ethics I
- Global Ethics II
- Research Skills and Methods

Your remaining three modules are optional, and can be chosen from within the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion.

Modules available include:

- Global Bioethics
- Global Ethics Placement
- God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life
- Research Seminar
- Human Rights
- Philosophy of Health and Happiness
- Value of Life

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation; the dissertation may be entirely literature-based, or may be based on a placement project.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our Philosophy graduates develop a range of skills, including good articulation, precise analytical thought, and the ability to analyse and construct sounds arguments, which can be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from the civil service to finance. Historically, over 96% of our Philosophy students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Global Ethics MSc page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (eg, Philosophy, Law, English, Politics, etc)

Course Fees

£6,570 FT, £3,285 PT (UK/EU); £14,850 FT only (overseas)

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