Postgraduate study in applied ethics at the University of Leeds
enables you to gain a thorough understanding of ethical theory and how it applies to real-life situations. Our teaching is developed in consultation with professionals working in the field to ensure that it is informed by the latest developments in practice. As active researchers, we also ensure that all our courses are informed by the latest academic arguments and debates.
Our taught Masters degree in Applied and Professional Ethics is designed to help people in business, the professions, and the public and third sectors, develop skills and knowledge that can help them effectively engage with ethical issues in their working lives. It provides a thorough grounding in ethical theory along with a detailed look at a wide range of issues in professional ethics.
On this course, students learn about different approaches to ethical problems, examining both the philosophical literature on applied ethics, and real-life case studies. These are drawn from a variety of professional contexts, ranging from business and accountancy to the computer industry, and from environmental issues to decisions made by engineers.
Who is this course for?
The course is particularly suitable for professionals wishing to continue their professional development (CPD), and has attracted students from backgrounds in law, engineering, actuarial finance, management, dentistry, university administration, business management, international development and the third sector, and corporate accountability. The course is taught entirely online, making it particularly appropriate for those in full-time employment or resident overseas, who wish to gain a qualification from a leading university without interrupting their career.
The syllabus is designed to guide students with little or no experience studying ethics to the point where they are able to produce a substantial dissertation project. They achieve this through exploring a wide range of topics in applied and professional ethics.
Most students study the course part-time over two years. At all stages students have ready access to tutors for advice regarding their progress and the pacing of work so as to cope satisfactorily with the problems that crop up for students who are working and studying. The course can also be completed on a full-time basis.
The IDEA Centre is able to offer scholarships for the Applied and Professional Ethics programme. The deadline for applications to the scholarship is 30th June. Scholarships will cover a proportion of the academic fees, mostly up to half the value, more rarely up to the full value. For part-time students (who take the course over two years) the scholarship is subject to review at the end of the first year. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence, which will be assessed by considering the candidate's application to the University and supporting documents, and the interview conducted as part of the admissions process. For further details and scholarship application information please visit our website.
Online distance learning
The course has been designed specifically for online distance learning. Students have access to high-quality learning resources, and work collaboratively with other students from across the world. The course materials are delivered entirely over the web, using the University of Leeds
' Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is both user-friendly and provides tools that allow students to learn in cooperation with one another. Students on the course can be resident anywhere in the world, as long as they have access to the internet, and can complete their work at any time to fit in with work and other activities.
Students have access to high-quality interactive course materials, designed specifically for online teaching, which will accompany carefully chosen readings. As well as this, students participate in structured collaborative activities, which are intended to produce the debate and discussion that are vital for successfully studying ethics.
Although the flexibility of online teaching means that students can work independently, they also receive support from academics, who both participate in online discussion groups and respond to students' queries by email. In addition, the Centre has a dedicated Online Learning Officer who is able to help students with any other issues they encounter, be they technical problems, assessment worries or administrative issues.
Candidates should normally be graduates or holders of an equivalent qualification. Where a candidate is not a graduate, relevant professional experience is taken into account. While some students who come on the course have already studied philosophy formally, previous study of philosophy is not a requirement. The course is designed for those coming to the study of ethics or professional ethics for the first time. Applicants for whom English is not their first language need to meet the University's minimum requirements for English language proficiency, currently IELTS: 6.5 overall with not less than 6.0 in each component skill.