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The MA in Ethics is delivered by the DCU School of Theology, Philosophy and Music and the Institute of Ethics.

The MA in Ethics provides participants with knowledge, skills and competence to examine ethical issues, challenges and dilemmas in professional and public life from a wide spectrum of ethical worldviews and theories. The course provides participants with a grounding in the foundations of ethics, human rights and social justice. Participants will also develop the necessary ethical analysis and decision-making skills to apply ethical perspectives and principles to real-life and professional dilemmas. As such the programme aims to "add value" to continuing professional development.

Dublin City University (DCU) have been running an MA in Ethics that is designed to prepare course participants to contribute to an ethically sustainable society by enhancing their knowledge-base in ethics as well as building their skills set in ethical reasoning and decision-making. The underpinning philosophy of the MA programme is that ethical issues, challenges and dilemmas are best explored by examining them from a wide spectrum of ethical theories and by developing an active and creative interaction between theory and practice. The programme is part-time, over two years and has attracted people from various professional backgrounds including education, journalism, social work, business, health care and law.

This MA in Ethics programme at DCU 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.

Why Do This Programme?
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.

Display a critical awareness of contemporary public and professional ethical issues together with new ethical insights developed and informed by a variety of philosophical, theological, human rights, intercultural and other perspectives.

Analyse specific ethical issues, challenges and dilemmas arising from contemporary work, professional activity and public life.

The course equips participants with a comprehensive foundation in theoretical and applied ethics and the necessary skills to evaluate soundly and confront confidently a range of important contemporary ethical challenges.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements
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.
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.


2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

The course is designed for graduates and professionals working in the areas of:

Education and Teaching
Health Care
Medical Practice
Human Resources
Social Work
Other Care Services

It will be of particular relevance for those whose work involves participation in ethics committees and activities relating to corporate social responsibility/citizenship, regulations or human rights. At the same time, other graduates without professional experience will benefit from the knowledge provided in this course and develop important ethical decision-making skills.

Further enquiries

Dr Alan Kearns
t: +353 (0)1 808 6529

Prof. Bert Gordijn
t: +353 (0) 1 700 6140

Application date

Dates for submission of Applicants
EU Applicants
Application deadline is 31st July 2017.

Non-EU Applicants
Application deadline is 10th July 2017.

If you need a study visa and are a Non EU student you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

As part of your application through the Postgraduate Applications Centre system (PAC) please submit a personal statement (maximum 1,000 words) - tell us why you want to join our class.

How to Apply: Apply through the Postgraduate Application Centre at Use code DC688.

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