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Applied and Professional Ethics MA

Applied and Professional Ethics MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

This course explore the ethical issues raised by different professional contexts, and discover how ethical principles can be applied to help us navigate our increasingly complex working environments. This online distance learning course allows to you examine current issues, debates, and theories around the application of ethics in professional settings. Using a blend of theory and real-life case studies, you’ll gain a critical understanding of issues such as trust, integrity, privacy, consent and professional responsibility. Throughout, you’ll benefit from teaching that blends insights from industry professionals with the latest in ethical research. With the expert guidance of your tutors, you’ll use the theoretical understanding you gain to respond to social, technological, and political developments as they occur. Our diverse community includes people from a wide variety of countries and backgrounds. Whether you’re looking for career progression, a change of direction, or knowledge of a new subject area, you’ll receive all the support you need to succeed. This course is taught through distance learning and can also be studied at PGDip level. Both of these options are available both full time and part time.

Because you study online, you won’t have to take any exams during this course. Instead, most of the time you’ll be assessed using essays and coursework assignments. You’ll receive support from our tutors and be able to discuss your work with them before you submit it. Group projects, presentations and regular contributions to discussion forums may also be used to assess your progress in some modules. Studying applied ethics will allow you to develop transferable skills in research, critical thinking and communication. It will also give you more confidence to handle situations with ethical implications in the workplace. All of this is good preparation for a range of careers, while it could also benefit you in your current role. In particular, this course gives you scope to develop your career in growing areas such as compliance and corporate social responsibility.

Different course options

Part time | University of Leeds | 24 months | SEP-19

Study mode

Part time


24 months

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The module will examine the concepts involved in attributing virtues (honesty, courage, tact, sensitivity, generosity, and the like) and vices (dishonesty, selfishness, cowardice, etc) to people, distinguishing various types of virtue and vice, and how these are appropriately applied; the kind of reasoning and motivation that is involved in acting well in response to ethically-relevant considerations of various kinds (eg self-interest, duty, the claims of others); the practices of praise, blame, punishment and reward, and various ways in which these practices can be justified - and their relation to (professional) responsibility; the application of these practices of 'people assessment' to practical issues such as pay, remuneration and reward, corporate culture, hiring and firing, whistleblowing, punishment and disciplinary practice; responsibility and leadership.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a bachelor degree. Professional experience may also be considered. If you want to apply for this MA course but don't have a degree, you can begin your studies by completing the PGDip and then progress onto the MA. We look for your willingness and ability to think clearly and independently, as well as good writing skills, a basic understanding of philosophical ethics and any relevant experiences of ethical issues in practice. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.