Taught course

Global Ethics

University of Birmingham · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement is a good first degree in a relevant field or discipline, although appropriate work experience will also be taken into consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

This flexible programme offers a range of modules in the field of ethics, in addition to the opportunity to participate in a research seminar or undertake a placement with an NGO or the equivalent. The programme is designed to accommodate those wishing to study part-time around other commitments. It is equally suitable for recent graduates or post-experience students, for those wishing to go on to further research in one or more of the topics, or for those with a personal interest in the field of global ethics.

You will study six modules, three of which are core Global Ethics modules (see Modules tab for descriptions):

  • Global Ethics I
  • Global Ethics II
  • Research Skills and Methods

Your remaining three modules are optional, and can be chosen from within the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion. Modules available include:

  • Global Bioethics
  • Global Ethics Placement
  • God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life
  • Research Seminar
  • Human Rights
  • Philosophy of Health and Happiness
  • Value of Life

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation; the dissertation may be entirely literature-based, or may be based on a placement project.

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Fees and funding

For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005