MA Ethics: Theory and Practice

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Careers & Employability

As graduates of this module you will be well-placed to understand and help deal with ethical issues in areas such as government, healthcare, business, agriculture, planning, education, law and journalism. But you will also have had the opportunity to develop a theoretical understanding of the nature of Ethics and its place in human life more generally.  Having an understanding of Ethics, both at the level of theory and in its practical contexts is of obvious benefit in a very wide variety of career paths.

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

In association wih the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life (CEPL), UCD School of Philosophy is offering an MA that provides philosophical training in Ethics, as well as enabling students to experience a context for professional Ethics through inter-disciplinary elements of the programme.  Ethics is understood broadly as the study of how to behave well, and includes elements of moral philosophy and political/social theory.

The programme is available over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. There is one core module entitled:  'Ethics: Theory and Practice' (PHIL41510).  In addition you must select two modules from a list of Philosophy Ethics modules (see below), as well as any other two MA Philosophy modules and one module from a list of modules provided by other disciplines (see below). These are indicative list of modules and there may be some minor changes:

Philosophy Ethics modules:

  • PHIL41000 Aristotle's Ethics and Politics (Tim Crowley)
  • PHIL40430 Philosophy of the Emotions (Rowland Stout)
  • PHIL40840 Autonomy as a philosophical problem (Brian O'Connor)
  • PHIL40420 The Good Society (Maeve Cooke)
  • PHIL41500 Buddhist Ethics (Tatjana von Solodkoff)
  • PHIL41280 Feminist & Gender Theory (Katherine O'Donnell)

Modules from other disciplines:

  • IS30370 Information Ethics
  • LAW30300 Law and Penology
  • POL30370 Justice in Education
  • POL41030 Theory of Human Rights
  • PSY40270 Ethics in Psychological Research
  • EQUL40200 Disability and Equality 
  • EQUL40070 Human Rights and Equality
  • MKT 30150 Responsible Marketing 

    You will have had the opportunity to develop a theoretical understanding of the nature of Ethics and its place in human life more generally.  Having an understanding of Ethics, both at the level of theory and in its practical contexts is of obvious benefit in a very wide variety of career paths.

    MA Ethics: Theory and Practice (W398) Full Time
    EU          fee per year - € 7315
    nonEU    fee per year - € 19900

    MA Ethics: Theory and Practice (W399) Part Time
    nonEU    fee per year - € 9950

    ***Fees are subject to change

    The following entry routes are available:

    MA Ethics: Theory and Practice FT (W398)
    Duration
    1 Years
    Attendance
    Full Time
    Deadline
    Rolling *
    MA Ethics: Theory and Practice PT (W399)
    Duration
    2 Years
    Attendance
    Part Time
    Deadline
    Rolling *

    * Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised