Taught course

Politics and Ethics

University of Brighton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Normally an undergraduate degree or equivalent. Appropriate accredited modules completed as part of other masters degrees (or their recognised equivalent) are taken into consideration in judging which elements, if any, need not be completed. Prior learning will also be accredited as appropriate.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Politics and Ethics is suitable for students with no background in philosophy. The first two core units, which students on all the degrees take together, are designed to introduce students to the activity of philosophical thinking. Two further core units, again taken by everyone, prepare students for their research project.


Global Ethics

  • The philosophical foundation of global human rights
  • The politics of difference and multiculturalism
  • Liberalism and cosmopolitanism
  • Ethical and political debates about immigration
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Multi-national corporations and the global division of labour
  • Environmental ethics and future generations
  • Capitalism, justice and poverty
  • The war on terror

The Politics of Applied Ethics

  • A brief contemporary history of ‘applied ethics’
  • Aristotle on ethics and politics
  • Marx and Engels on politics and ethics
  • Moral and political justification
  • Analysis of the implications of these for business ethics, funding of research, ethical foreign policy and other relevant issues

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100
Dissertation (20000 words)

Course contact details

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01273 644644