Taught course

Applied Philosophy

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MA Applied Philosophy will normally be expected to have achieved at least a 2:1 degree in Philosophy or a cognate discipline (those with a 2:2 may be considered for entry to a Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance). As part of an inclusive approach to learning, we encourage students from non traditional entry points or without recognised educational backgrounds but who have an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant relevant professional experience to apply. In such cases the programme leader may ask for a telephone/ skype conversation or request evidence in the form of a piece of work, report, analysis of some sort to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The MA Applied Philosophy is a distance-learning programme designed to build a bridge between the world of academic study and the 'real' world of practical affairs and day to day life, especially for those working in areas which will benefit from the development of a dynamic relationship between theory and practice, such as criminal justice, education welfare, health services, housing welfare, social work and youth services.

The staff expertise represents a considerable bank of knowledge and skills that will underpin this programme and will ensure student experience a high-quality educational experience.

Applied philosophical studies involves questioning much that is taken for granted by common sense or popular belief, in morals, politics, religion, art, history and science. Consequently, its method is necessarily both imaginative and analytic, the aim being to elucidate concepts and understand varieties of explanation and description in various fields, rather than to rival their proper practitioners in the discovery of facts, the construction of theories or the implementation of ideals. These debates include the values of freedom and equality, human rights and social justice, and environmental ethics, asking important questions such as whether punishment can be justified or whether animals have rights?

Candidates taking this programme will thus be encouraged to view theoretical analysis as an integral part of their daily praxis. This will give them the opportunity to reflect on and critically engage with the ideas and ideals which lie behind and underpin their work.

Candidates will consider the significance of issues in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, ethical theory and political philosophy to questions of practical concern such as abortion, euthanasia, suicide, freedom of speech, sexual and racial discrimination, debates surrounding reproductive technologies, genetic enhancement, criminal punishment, the environment, world hunger, and the welfare of future people. Thus they will be able to choose from a range of modules covering a variety of different themes and specialist areas. The modules are built around the research specialisms of our academic staff all of whom are research active and regularly publish their thoughts and ideas.

The MA Applied Philosophy is a modular programme. In part I, students take six 20-credit modules. In part II, students are required to write a dissertation.

Typical modules include:

  • Philosophical Research Skills
  • Self and Society
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics
  • Knowledge and Culture
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Environmental Philosophy

Online Learning

Our Philosophy programmes are taught via online learning by dedicated staff, experienced in guiding both UK and International students through the programme via distance learning. Distance Learning students will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and have contact with tutors visa phone, email and skype.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-48 months


distance learning
12-24 months


distance learning
12-36 months


distance learning
24-48 months

Course contact details

Dr Tristan Nash