Research course

Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied

University of Leeds · Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre

Entry requirements

You will normally need a Masters degree in a relevant area.

Months of entry


Course content

Postgraduate students and researchers are a vital and growing part of our applied ethics community. As a postgraduate student at the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Centre you will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities, including research seminars, reading groups, and conferences.

IDEA welcomes applications for PhD study. The Centre can provide a broad base of supervisory expertise in applied ethics, broadly construed, but has particular strengths in:
• Moral psychology (especially desire, emotion, and rationality) and virtue theory;
• Ancient ethics (especially Plato and Aristotle),
• Contemporary moral theory,
• The demandingness of ethics (and gradability in moral theories),
• Business ethics and the purpose of business,
• Climate change and responsibility,
• Professional ethics (and engineering ethics in particular),
• Emotions and ethics - the role of emotions in correct responses to ethical considerations, Ethical issues in leadership and influence,
• Exploitation,
• Informed consent,
• Integrity (in individuals and in organisations),
• Moral development
• Practical wisdom, practical judgment and moral expertise,
• Privacy,
• Psychiatric ethics (including vice and mental illness),
• Moral luck and punishment,
• The ethical significance of pleasure and pain (e.g. in public policy, in ethical goal-setting), The ethics of persuasion, including (but not limited to) rhetoric, advocacy, advertising, The public interest.

Fees and funding

The IDEA Centre is able to fund a number of scholarships and bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 3263