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Applied Ethics MA

Course Description

Our Applied Ethics MA degree offers you an opportunity to develop your critical and analytical understanding of ethical issues, alongside optional modules from our subject-specific degrees. It is designed for professionals and students wishing to gain a broad ethical qualification.

Course structure
Run through the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) at the University of Brighton, the Applied Ethics degree is one of seven distinct degrees that explore applied ethics or ethics in relation to art and design, education, healthcare, media, medicine or politics. One year full-time and two year part-time options are available. No previous familiarity with philosophy is assumed. Individuals will benefit from being members of an interdisciplinary cohort with differing professional and occupational experiences, and mixing with students from other MA courses.

Areas of study
Four core modules introduce the activity of philosophical thinking and prepare you for the research project. On the applied ethics degree you can choose one module from two other degrees. Modules cover a broad spectrum from the art and design ‘ethics of practice’ module, which examines sustainability and social responsibility in design, to the healthcare ‘idea of caring’ module exploring issues such as dignity and privacy, and the client/health professional relationship. These subject-specific modules are taught by staff in the relevant area of the university, identifying and addressing particular ethical concerns.

The research project, the culmination of the MA, consolidates the experiences, practices, and research skills developed on the course into an extended argument in the chosen specialist area.

Core modules:
Introduction to philosophical thinking
Moral thought and practice
Research methods
Research ethics

Two optional modules ( one module from two of the named degrees):
Art and Design Ethics: the ethics of practice OR the ethics of representation
Education Ethics: children and students OR ethical issues in educational research
Healthcare Ethics: the idea of caring OR legal perspectives on health ethics OR the social context of medical practice OR medicine: art or science?
Media Ethics: media ethics OR practicing media ethics
Medical Ethics: legal perspectives on health ethics OR the social context of medical practice OR medicine: art or science?
Politics and Ethics: global ethics OR the politics of applied ethics

Research project

Career and progression opportunities
Ethical standards and practices are often part of the regulatory framework in ‘traditional’ professions such as law and medicine. More recently questions of ethics have come to the fore in a broad range of professions, and the academic fields of philosophy and ethics are increasingly concerned with application and practice. This degree offers an unusual opportunity to explore a range of ethical issues on a sound philosophical basis, and will be of interest to both a wide range of professionals and to those seeking an academic career involving applied philosophy.

Visit the Applied Ethics MA page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent. Appropriate prior learning is accredited.

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