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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSt - Master of Studies

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

About the course

The MSt in Practical Ethics offers high quality training in practical ethics through flexible, part-time learning.

This course is run jointly by the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics in the Faculty of Philosophy, and the Department for Continuing Education, and draws on the internationally recognised expertise of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, the Ethox Centre and the Faculty of Philosophy.

The course is highly interdisciplinary in character but the primary focus is ethical and philosophical. students will learn how to apply rigorous philosophical analysis to real-life ethical problems and will be provided with a grounding in key ethical concepts and methods, as well as in major debates in practical ethics. Students will also have the opportunity for in-depth research on a topic of their choice.

The course is relevant to students from a range of professional backgrounds, including medicine and other health sciences, cognitive science, philosophy, bioethics and the legal and public policy sectors.

Oxford was ranked as the top university for the study of ethics by the Centre for World University Rankings in 2017, and ranked as the top university in applied ethics by the Philosophical Gourmet Report.

Assessment

Assessment for each module is based on one 3,500 word essay per module. Students will also complete a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor and the Course Director. The dissertation should not normally exceed 15,000 words.

Graduate destinations

Specific career paths include posts relating to public policy development, to clinical ethics and research ethics within hospitals and health care facilities, the teaching of ethics in a professional context as well as enhancing career development more broadly in a range of fields through deep engagement with relevant ethical issues.

The course will provide rigorous and formal training in methods and theories in practical ethics to provide students with the skills needed to apply for leading PhD courses.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 1,985per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

  • University League Table

    1st

  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 51

  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    206 100%

    1st

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85.0 85%

    2nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    n/a

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