For what purpose is the use of big data morally permissible? How to allocate fairly the benefits and burdens of climate change policy options? Such problems require careful reflection on the facts – but also on our basic moral values. The Applied Ethics Master’s programme offers you an in-depth focus on the interaction between moral practice and ethical theory, allowing you to explore ethical theories in relation to actual practical dilemmas.

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At the end of your studies, you will possess a thorough theoretical background in ethics, including important methods and debates in applied ethics. You will also understand the implications of legal and political frameworks for ethical argumentation.

A tailor-made programme

The programme’s flexibility offers you the ability to develop a tailor-made programme by choosing elective courses and a national or international internship geared to your specific disciplinary background and career aspirations. You can choose courses from a broad range of applied ethics topics, such as: sustainability and climate change ethics; animal and nature ethics; medical and public health ethics; law, morality and politics; and business ethics.

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Interdisciplinary studies

Our interdisciplinary approach offers you multiple avenues of investigation into applied ethics. In addition to studying philosophy, you will learn about the contexts in which moral problems arise and the different types of analysis that may be needed in various contexts. You will also examine how viewpoints from different disciplines can strengthen ethical reflection and argumentation. The Master’s programme in Applied Ethics is embedded in Utrecht University’s Ethics Institute, a research-driven organisation that focuses on justice, on technology ethics, sustainability ethics, economic ethics, animal ethics, and bioethics. 

International and diverse student body

This English-taught Master’s programme attracts international and Dutch students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds (for example, philosophy, medicine, law, international studies, economics) as well as people with professional experience (for example, health care professionals, lawyers, veterinarians, management consultants in corporate social responsibility & business ethics, or journalists). This unique student body provides a wide range of viewpoints through which you can explore ethical dilemmas.

After graduation

During your studies in this programme, you will develop the necessary skills to analyse important current ethical issues. You will learn to critically propose possible solutions as well as to engage professionals and other individuals concerned in reflection on the moral dimensions of their practice. Around 30% of our graduates work at a university, either as teachers or as PhD students. Our graduates are also able to teach ethics to professionals or to work as a consultant in governmental and policy contexts. Some of our alumni work in journalism or at various NGOs or banks. 

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Admission

Applied Ethics is a selective Master's programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master?

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Key facts

Degree: 
Philosophy
Language of instruction: 
English
Mode of study: 
Full-time, Part-time
Study duration: 
1 year, 2 years (part-time)
Start: 
September
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2022-2023: € 2,209

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2022-2023: € 17,500

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Croho code: 
60822
Accreditation: 
Accredited by the NVAO
Faculty: 
Humanities
Graduate school: 
Humanities