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Postgraduate students and researchers are a vital and growing part of our applied ethics community. As a postgraduate student at the Centre you will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities, including research seminars, reading groups, and conferences.

A postgraduate qualification in applied ethics will help you to stand out from the crowd, demonstrating to employers that you are able to analyse arguments, reason and express yourself clearly. Postgraduate study in applied ethics will develop you both personally and professionally, and will enable you to respond effectively to the ethical challenges that arise during your working life.

Taught Masters Programmes

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 taught Masters degree programmes are primarily aimed at professionals who wish to develop their ethical thinking, especially as it relates to their professional practice. Our programmes are also popular with Philosophy graduates who wish to focus on applied ethics.

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.

Biomedical and Health Care Ethics (MA/MRes/PGDip)

Learn about the ethical issues that arise across all areas of medicine and health care practice.

This programme is available on campus in Leeds and by online distance learning. Also available as an intercalated degree to students of medicine and dentistry. 

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Applied and Professional Ethics (MA/PGDip)

Develop skills and knowledge that can help you engage more effectively with ethical issues in your working life. 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. 

Available by online distance learning.

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Philosophy of Religion and Ethics (MA/PGDip/PGCert) 

This programme addresses fundamental questions in philosophy of religion and ethics. This programme is designed to be accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds. It will be of interest to students with a personal interest in philosophical and religious questions, and also to teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of philosophy and religious studies for professional development purposes.

This programme is run by the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, with ethics modules from Biomedical and Health Care Ethics and Applied and Professional Ethics programmes.

This programme is available as online distance learning.

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Professional Ethics Short Course

The course is studied over 8 weeks starting in early November, and leads to 15 credits at postgraduate level. The course is one module from our MA Applied and Professional Ethics, and can be taken as a standalone course. Students who successfully complete the short course can use the credits as advance standing for the MA Applied and Professional Ethics Programme.

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Postgraduate Research Opportunities

We have a lively research community including a growing number of research postgraduates. We welcome research proposals from any of the areas in which we are active. For further details please see the Postgraduate Research page.