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. 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.
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.Graduate Destinations and Career Opportunities
Studying applied ethics is good preparation for a range of careers, and past students have gained employment in a varied range of employment sectors after graduation. In particular graduates could develop their career in roles related to corporate social responsibility or compliance.
The Applied and Professional Ethics programme is modular. It may be studied full-time within one year, or part-time, usually over two years.
In the first year you will undertake six modules (90 credits) which provide grounding in the discipline and an introductory examination of a wide range of topics which you may wish to pursue in more depth in your dissertation.
In the second year there are two further taught modules (30 credits). However the second year is predominantly devoted to the writing of the dissertation (60 credits). This allows you to examine in depth a subject of your own choice, which can relate to your professional or workplace practice, under individual supervision.
You will also have the opportunity to replace one of the final five taught modules with a project module, in which you undertake a piece of detailed research in an area that interests you, again giving you the opportunity to explore a topic relating to your professional or workplace practice.
At all stages you will have ready access to tutors for advice regarding your progress and the pacing of work so as to cope satisfactorily with the problems that crop up for students who are working and studying.
Full-time students undertake all the taught modules and the dissertation within one academic year, generally commencing the dissertation study in the second part of the year.
The diploma is awarded for satisfactory completion of the eight taught modules. It is University policy that students lacking a first degree are normally registered for the diploma in the first instance, with a view to upgrading to the masters programme at the end of the first three modules, subject to satisfactory progress.ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING
The Applied and Professional Ethics programme is taught by online distance learning, making it particularly appropriate if you are in full-time employment or resident overseas, and wish to gain a qualification from a leading university without interrupting your career.
The programme is delivered entirely over the web, using the University of Leeds Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is both user-friendly and provides tools that allow you to learn in cooperation with other students. You can be resident anywhere in the world, as long as you have access to the internet, and you can complete your studies at any time to fit in with work and other activities.
You will have access to high-quality interactive course materials, designed specifically for online teaching, which will accompany carefully chosen readings. As well as this, you will participate in structured collaborative activities, which are intended to produce the debate and discussion that are vital for successfully studying ethics.
You will also receive support from academic staff, 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 you with any other issues you may encounter, be they technical problems, assessment worries or administrative issues.
Benefits of Online Distance Learning
The MA Applied and Professional Ethics 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 particularly suitable for professionals wishing to continue their professional development (CPD). Most of our students are also working full-time in a variety of demanding roles in organisations such as:
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
We are pleased to have secured funding for a number of fees scholarships for the MA in Applied and Professional Ethics for entry in 2015.
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.
Scholarship applications must be received by June 30th in the year in which you intend to start the programme.