Masters in Humanities

Philosophy & Ethics


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Philosophy and ethics aims to look into the human problems related to existence, knowledge and moral values that govern a person's behaviour. These problems are considered based on rational argumentation using systematic approaches. Philosophy strives to acquire knowledge by rational means about the issues that are difficult for empirical investigations. This study field has three main sub-fields: natural philosophy, moral philosophy and metaphysical philosophy.

Philosophy degrees cover many other branches including epistemology, logic, metaphysics, aesthetics, and philosophy of language, philosophy of law, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of science.

Ethics is the part of philosophy that analyses fundamental values and systems of moral principles that define good human conduct. The discipline is usually divided into: applied ethics (how people should behave), normative ethics (what moral principles should be used) and meta-ethics (studying the nature of moral facts). Ethics touches real-word contexts and is involved in the right conduct of many professional activities such as medical ethics, environmental ethics and business ethics.

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Suggested Masters in Philosophy & Ethics

M.A. Philosophy

The MA in Philosophy at University of Southampton is a flexible programme that can be tailored to your own interests, while providing you with a solid grounding in some of the central areas of philosophy.

United Kingdom
M.Phil. Philosophy

A Master's degree in Philosophy at University of Bergen will give the student a deeper understanding of key philosophical problem areas.

M.A. Philosophy

The M.A. in Philosophy at The Open University UK is an online course that teaches students to analyse and answer contemporary philosophical questions from a wide range of perspectives, by studying texts from Ancient and European philosophy. The Master proposes discussions on subjects concerning environmental aesthetics, global justice, political philosophy and the philosophy of emotions.

United Kingdom
M.A. Applied Ethics

The Master’s degree in Applied Ethics offered by Utrecht University explores the relationships between ethical theories and practical moral dilemmas in professional, personal and political settings. Master’s classes cover ethical theory principles, ethics and public policy, economic ethics, medical ethics, ecology and ethics, and offer practical applied ethics philosophical tools.