During the first semester, you will participate in four courses (20 EC) and two elective courses (10 EC). This part consists of theoretical and context-orientated courses, in which you and your fellow students will discuss the societal context of applied ethics. The focus of the second semester is on your internship (10 EC) and your thesis (20 EC). You can choose between a regular internship - onsite practical work experience in a company or organisation - or a research-oriented internship within the Ethics Institute. Instead of an internship you can choose to follow a course of the Master Applied Ethics or the Research Master Philosophy or a course offered at another University.

I did an internship at Green Office Utrecht, Utrecht University’s sustainability platform for students and staff. Working as the Campaigns & Activities Coordinator there enabled me to explore my interest in sustainability in a professional context.
Naomi Alexander, student of Applied Ethics

Educational methods

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • group work & group projects 
  • self-study
  • internship
  • e-course

A group project for instance involves producing a report to provide advice on moral problems, requested by a bank, NGO or other organisation or company.


  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • active participation in class and group work
  • advisory report
  • papers
  • thesis