Ethics - Corporate Responsibility
This interdisciplinary course draws on the expertise of lecturers from the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music, Institute of Ethics, DCU Business School and practitioners in the field of Business Ethics. The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) is part of a professional development framework for the Compliance Institute.
After graduation you can join our MA in Ethics Alumni and be part of a network of expertise and support in the field of ethics.
The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) has been ranked No. 37 in the 2021 Eduniversal's Ranking of best Masters and MBA programmes in Corporate Social Responsibility worldwide.
Programme Content and Structure
The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) specifically expands on the theoretical perspective of business ethics as well as its practical management tools.
Why Do This Programme?
The programme is offered on a part-time basis over two years.
The programme is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of lecturers from the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music, Institute of Ethics, DCU Business School and practitioners in the field of Business Ethics.
You'll obtain the knowledge and skills needed to design and manage the ethical, social and governance aspects of business decision-making and operation. You'll also learn how to apply business ethics concepts and frameworks to the responsible management of organisations.
This MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) programme equips participants with a solid foundation in theoretical and applied ethics. It also develops the necessary skills to appraise soundly and confront confidently a vast range of important topical ethical challenges.
Upon successful completion of the course of study for this award, a graduate will be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of ethical theories and principles that are at the forefront of general and applied ethics.
• Demonstrate a systematic understanding of a broad range of business ethics concepts and theories including corporate responsibility, corporate governance and stakeholder accountability.
• Apply a range of business ethics theories and practical tools to address ethics issues in business organizations.
You'll undertake the course part-time over two years, completing six taught modules:
• Introduction to Ethics: This module provides a comprehensive introduction to ethics to enable course participants to further explore key contemporary ethical issues. The module explores how ethical theories influence ethical decision-making and provide frameworks for ethical reasoning and analysis.
• Readings in Ethics: The purpose of this module is to introduce students to a selection of classic texts in the field of ethics thereby providing a more in-depth examination of the texts that are at the source of the major ethical theories.
• Human Rights & Social Justice: This module will explore human rights in the context of global and social justice. It will offer a historical outline of the tradition of thinking about justice and the development of natural and human rights within this tradition.
• Business Ethics: This module is designed to provide course participants with the necessary conceptual tools to analyse ethical dilemmas in the world of business at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It will train and enhance students' skills in applying ethical theories to a wide range of business ethics topics.
• Finance and Corporate Governance: This module address ethical challenges in finance, including financial markets and financial management in corporations. This module reviews corporate governance structures and discusses both the legal and ethical duties of board members. It examines key requirements for effective corporate governance and the issues that may hinder this.
• Implementing an Effective Ethics Culture: This module provides a self-reflective and systematic approach to the design and implementation of an effective ethics corporate culture, underpinned by appropriate codes, procedures, training and review.
You'll also complete a minor thesis (15,000 words) from within the perspective of the discipline of ethics.
• Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent (2.2) but appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University. Interviews may be held.
• Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness.
• International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates:
• Closing date for non EU applicants is 1st July 2023.
• Closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2023.
Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.
All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.
Queries from EU applicants should be directed to email@example.com
Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply for this programme:
• All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal which is available here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.
• Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
• Provide a personal statement of 500-750 words maximum. The statement should include:
(i) Why you wish undertake the MA programme
(ii) What learning and /or experience you bring to this programme.
(iii) The impact which you expect the MA programme would have on your future career.
• Please upload a CV under the "Supplemental Items & Documents" section.
• If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.
Please see link http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml
Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.
2 years part-time.
Commencement of Programme
The programme commences in September 2022.
Post Course Info
The programme is part of a professional development framework for ACOI members and for individuals within the wider business community who wish to develop their leadership skills for Business Ethics & Corporate Responsibility roles within organisations.
The pathway has been designed to appeal to individuals carrying out roles in or related to:
• Ethics & Compliance
• Corporate Responsibility/Citizenship
• Stakeholder Relations
• Organisational or Board Governance or Risk Management
• Social Accounting/Reporting
• Socially Responsible Investment
• Ethics, Audit, Risk or Compliance Committees
• Regulatory and public sector bodies
• Undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff