Kevin Layne

Kevin Layne

MA Applied and Professional Ethics

Summary: Distance learning student Kevin decided to study for his MA to further his studies after completing a BA Philosophy degree.


I’m from Barbados and I have worked in the field of IT for more than 25 years. I love philosophy. There is no other way to describe it. I was intrigued with Philosophy from being a teenager and I had an English teacher who would come up with these Latin phrases about the “Cogito” and “sine qua non”. 

When I then got the opportunity to study Philosophy at university I embraced it. Ethics, and in particular Applied Ethics, piqued my interest because I firmly believe that philosophy should be a means of bettering the lives of those who one interacts with and influences. This is why I wish to lecture in Philosophy – to help shape the minds of those who will be an influence to make reasoned decisions. 

I enjoyed literally everything about the course! The coursework and the many readings we had to cover and the interactions with the other students who were a truly eclectic and international group. The tutors were always professional and helped to mould the type of thinking needed for the next level of philosophy. 

My course was taught by distance learning experience, so the only facilities I had interaction with were the online ones. However, these were first class. Everything was easy to navigate and to find the relevant information. In the event that there was a problem, the staff in the background always worked tirelessly to rectify the issues quickly and efficiently. The human and technology elements worked seamlessly to make the experience as straightforward as possible. 

The MA Applied Ethics course is one that will allow you to broaden your horizons, no matter what field of study you are coming from. Ethics applies to all spheres of life and as such, your personal as well as professional life will be greatly enhanced. 

I am currently looking for PhD philosophy course (either online or partly online) and the skills that I have learned at Leeds, as well as what is expected at the next academic level, will go a long way in helping to propel me forward. In my professional life, I am now able to give seminars and lectures on ethics in the workplace because of the knowledge gained on the course.