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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Applied and Professional Ethics (Online)

Programme code:MA-A&PE-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr. Graham Bex-Priestley Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Candidates should normally be graduates or holders of an equivalent qualification. Where a candidate is not a graduate, relevant professional experience is taken into account. The key attributes sought are a willingness and ability to think through problems in a reasoned and independent way. We also seek a very basic grasp of what philosophical ethics is, evidence of commitment to its study, writing skills, and evidence of any relevant experience of ethical issues arising in practice. While some students who come on the course have already studied philosophy formally, previous study of philosophy is not a requirement. The course is designed for those coming to the study of ethics or professional ethics for the first time.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language need to meet the University's minimum requirements for English language proficiency.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

IDEA Centre, School of PRHS

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of PRHS

Programme specification:

Programme Aims

At the end of the programme students should:
- be able to use philosophical reasoning skills to address issues in applied and professional ethics;
- possess knowledge of a wide range of ethics debates in a range of professional contexts;
- have examined a specific topic in applied/professional ethics (often one that arises for the student in working life) in great detail through their dissertation project.

Distinctiveness of the programme

The programme will:
- be available exclusively to online distance learners, using specially developed teaching materials;
- give students the opportunity to draw heavily on their experiences in the workplace and their wider professional life.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

IDEA5210MIntroduction to Ethics: Reasons, Motivation, Obligations and Happiness15 credits1 Sep to 30 Nov
IDEA5220MProfessional Issues 115 credits1 Nov to 31 Jan
IDEA5230MAgents and Professional Responsibility15 credits1 Jan to 28 Feb
IDEA5300MDissertation60 credits1 Nov to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 75 credits from the following optional modules:

IDEA5240MProfessional Issues 2: Privacy and Confidentiality15 credits1 Feb to 30 Apr
IDEA5250MProfessional Issues 3: Consent and Contracts15 credits1 Apr to 30 June
IDEA5260MJustice: Fairness, Equality and Diversity15 credits1 May to 31 July
IDEA5270MGlobal Environmental Ethics15 credits1 Nov to 31 Jan
IDEA5280MBusiness Ethics15 credits1 Sep to 30 Nov
IDEA5290MProfessional Ethics Project15 creditsSep to Aug

Last updated: 24/08/2023 15:44:13


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