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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Applied and Professional Ethics (Online)(Part-Time)

Programme code:MA-A&PE-PTUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Dr. Graham Bex-Priestley Contact address:G.Bex-Priestley@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

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

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme in 2023/2024 or before. For students entering the programme from September 2024 or after, you can find the details of your programme:

MA Applied and Professional Ethics (For students entering from September 2024 onwards)

This online masters programme can be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months. It consists of eight taught modules (with the option to switch one out for an independent research project) and a supervised dissertation.
Using a blend of theory and real-life case studies, you’ll gain a critical understanding of ethical issues in professional contexts such as trust, integrity, privacy, consent, and professional responsibility. The taught modules are delivered through online material that combines insights from industry professionals with the latest in ethical research. Online discussions with students are facilitated by ethics lecturers throughout the modules. These discussions can be contributed to at any time of day, giving the needed flexibility for our students across the world.
Our diverse community includes people from a wide variety of countries, backgrounds and professions, with many opportunities to network and connect during your time studying with us, including various events and activities we run as an active and thriving applied ethics research centre. Several of our students have achieved the publication of a paper as a result of their time studying with us, or appeared on podcasts where they have been interviewed about an ethical issue they worked on. Whether you’re looking for a career progression, a change of direction, or knowledge of a new subject area, you’ll receive the support you need to succeed.
The course equips students with many transferrable skills. You will learn how to engage with multiple perspectives, to interpret viewpoints charitably, to communicate your ideas clearly, and to form strong arguments for your views and decisions. You will develop your independent research skills and you will be able to apply specialist knowledge in new contexts. This can provide the springboard for many career paths or for further study.
We live in a rapidly changing world. The inequalities of wealth and power in the workplace and across the globe, the role of businesses in ethically compromised supply chains, the impacts of climate change and the need for economic and environmental sustainability, and the growing prevalence of artificial intelligence and data collection technologies all raise huge ethical problems that require our careful attention. This online course introduces you to debates and theories around the application of ethics to professional issues such as these, helping you to navigate our complex and increasingly interlinked working environments and to think about how we might change them for the better.


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
IDEA5221MProfessional Ethics: Key Concepts15 credits1 Nov to 31 Jan
IDEA5230MAgents and Professional Responsibility15 credits1 Jan to 28 Feb
IDEA5260MJustice: Fairness, Equality and Diversity15 credits1 May to 31 July

Optional modules:

In Y1, candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

IDEA5241MArtificial Intelligence & Data Ethics15 credits1 Feb to 30 Apr
IDEA5250MProfessional Issues 3: Consent and Contracts15 credits1 Apr to 30 June
IDEA5290MProfessional Ethics Project15 creditsSep to Aug, Semester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates may study IDEA5290M in either Y1 or Y2 but not both


Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

IDEA5300MDissertation60 credits1 Nov to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 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, Semester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:09:00

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