Graduate Destinations

IDEA Centre

Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers and further study.


Studying applied ethics offers opportunities for those hoping to develop their career in any profession. The ethical reasoning skills that students gain are valuable in all areas of professional and working life.

Our taught masters degree programmes focus on ethical issues in the workplace, and so offer significant benefits to both employees and employers.

Benefits of studying for students include:

  • More confidence in handling workplace decisions with ethical implications
  • Improved critical thinking and written communication skills
  • A qualification from a leading university, which can be gained while working


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.

Our alumni professional destinations include:

  • Members of Research Ethics or Clinical Ethics committees
  • Researchers for NHS and Kings Fund 
  • Academic appointments at Universities: Birmingham; Leeds (eight appointments to the School of Healthcare Studies); Leeds Beckett; Leicester; Northumbria; Sheffield
  • Published work in journals: British Medical JournalLancet; Journal of Advanced Nursing Studies; Journal of Medical Ethics; Journal of Applied Philosophy
  • Returned to the IDEA Centre to join our team of ethics tutors

Further Study 

Masters-level study is excellent preparation for doctoral research. Several of our alumni have chosen to continue with academic studies by studying for a PhD. Examples can be found on our PhD Research page.