The Applied and Professional Ethics online degree from the University of Leeds will allow you to develop the knowledge and skills to handle ethical issues as they arise in the workplace.
It’s specially designed to help people in business, the public sector, the professions, the third sector and walks of life to explore different approaches to ethical problems. You’ll look at the work of philosophers in applied ethics, but you’ll also look at real-life case studies to gain a real understanding of the role of ethics in the professional world. You’ll think about environmental issues, equality and diversity, privacy, consent and professional responsibility, guided by expert tutors at our Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre.
If you want to study without putting your career on hold, this online degree will allow you to study in your own time, wherever you are in the world. You’ll be able to discuss issues with professionals from a variety of backgrounds to gain a real insight into the ethical dimensions of workplace situations.
Students come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, and you’ll discuss ideas and share expertise with people from around the world. Current and recent students have studied while working in demanding roles for organisations such as UN agencies, the UK Police Force and the Commonwealth Secretariat, or in law, actuarial professions, development, engineering, management, dentistry and more.
This programme is also available to study part-time, and you could also study for a PGDip qualification where you take fewer modules overall. If you don’t have a degree, we usually ask you to register for this PGDip programme – you can upgrade to the MA if you progress successfully.
If you’re still not sure about applying to study for the PGDip, you could consider studying a single Applied and Professional Ethics Module as a stand-alone short course.
This programme is similar to the MA, but you don’t write a dissertation.
In your first semester you’ll be introduced to principles and approaches in the study of ethics, and look at key workplace issues such as professional responsibility.
You’ll then study further core modules until the end of the programme, building on your knowledge as you go – you’ll look at issues such as confidentiality, consent, contracts and diversity among others. You’ll be able to swap one module for an independent project, usually related to your line of work.
This degree is taught entirely online, so there are no lectures or seminars. You won’t even have to attend Leeds at any point during the course, although if you can travel there may be chances to meet other students. Instead, you’ll used specially designed interactive teaching materials and participate in structured collaborative activities. You’ll contribute to discussion groups in our Virtual Learning Environment, so you can share experiences and perspectives with students from different backgrounds worldwide.
Because you study online, you won’t have to take any exams during this programme. Instead, most of the time you will 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.
You can apply until:
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A bachelor degree. Professional experience may also be considered.
If you don’t have a degree, we normally ask you to register for the PGDip programme. You can upgrade to the MA if you progress successfully.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.
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