Taught course

Global Ethical Challenges

University of Leeds · School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline, such as philosophy, religious studies, theology, sociology or politics. Relevant professional experience will also be taken into consideration.

A personal statement in response to the questions asked in the supporting statement section of the application form.

Months of entry


Course content

As a global population, we face pressing ethical challenges and problems: for example, climate change, public health, freedom of expression, religious freedom, reparations, global justice, the value of democracy, immigration, and terrorism. The MA Global Ethical Challenges enables you to think through these challenges rigorously and consider potential solutions in depth by challenging current policies and ways of thinking.

This postgraduate course is designed to appeal if you have an interest in the ethical challenges affecting us globally, or perhaps if you're thinking of undertaking PhD work in moral philosophy, political philosophy, and political and social theory with an international slant. It is also a great foundation if you have ambitions to enter international policy fields and related careers.

Our staff are active researchers in their fields and you’ll be part of a stimulating environment based around our research centres.

You’ll find plenty of resources at Leeds to inspire and inform your studies. The Special Collections housed in our Brotherton Library include extensive collections of archive and early printed material, and you’ll also have access to a wide range of journals, recordings, books and digital resources to assist you during your course.

This course is also available to study part-time over 24 months.

Information for international students

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

Please see our coursefinder pages for more details on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administration Office