Taught course

Applied and Professional Ethics (Online)

University of Leeds · Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally have an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. Where a candidate is not a graduate, relevant professional experience is taken into account. The key attributes sought are a willingness and ability to think through problems in a reasoned and independent way.

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides people in business, the professions and the public and third sectors with skills and knowledge that can help them engage with ethical issues in their working lives.

Most students will take the course part time over two years. The course is taught entirely online, making it particularly appropriate for those in full-time employment or resident overseas who wish to gain a qualification from a leading university without interrupting their career.

The syllabus guides students with little or no experience of studying ethics to the point where they are able to produce a substantial dissertation project. We explore a wide range of topics in applied and professional ethics, including:

  • Codes of conduct, whistleblowing and integrity
  • Leadership ethics
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Consent and contracts
  • Justice
  • Environmental ethics
  • Business ethics

Throughout the course you will discuss case studies drawn from a range of professional backgrounds.

The Professional Issues module is also available as a short course, for further details please click here.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. For details please refer to relevant course website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are a number of scholarships available to both UK/EU and international students. For further information please click here.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 113 343 7794