Why in Utrecht

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

Benefits of the programme

Your choice of Utrecht University will place you in the only Master-level programme in Applied Ethics offering courses beyond bioethics. Internationally, there are a small number of other Applied Ethics programmes. Our Master’s programme offers you the following benefits:

  • You will learn to establish a strong link between ethical theory and moral practice.
  • 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.
  • The programme is research driven; there is a strong link with the research projects of the Ethics Institute.
  • You will benefit from the experience of the Ethics Institute in teaching ethics to professionals in fields as diverse as biology, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.
  • 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. 

Teaching staff

Our lecturers are internationally recognised as experts in their fields. Meet our teaching staff. The core lecturers of the Master's programme in Applied Ethics include:

Prof. Ingrid Robeyns
Ingrid Robeyns

Ingrid Robeyns is a Professor of Ethics of Institutions. In her research, Robeyns focuses on the political and ethical evaluation and justification of institutions. She is also the President of the wordwide Human Development and Capability Association. 

Prof. Marcus Düwell
Marcus Duwell

Marcus Düwell holds the Chair for Philosophical Ethics and is the director of the Ethics Institute at Utrecht University. His research interests include bioethics, ethics of climate change and general topics of moral and political philosophy, in particular the ethics of human dignity and human rights. He participates in the European research project “Norms and Values in the European Immigration and Refugee Crisis”. 

Dr Franck Meijboom

Franck Meijboom is an Associate Professor affiliated to both the Ethics Institute and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on animal- and food ethics. He is Head of the Centre for Sustainable Animal Stewardship, which strives to encourage a sustainable and responsible relationship between humans and animals.

World-class University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Master's programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates. Read more about Utrecht University.