Year of entry 2023
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 12 months full time
- 24 months part time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons)
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.
- UK fees
- £10,750 (total)
- International fees
- £22,250 (total)
As a global population, we face pressing ethical challenges and problems: concerning 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 analysing current policies and ways of thinking.
This postgraduate course is designed to appeal to you 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.
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.
The programme’s two core modules – Moral Philosophy in a Global Context and Political Philosophy in a Global Context – are suitable for you, whether you have studied philosophy before, or whether you have philosophical interests and prior qualifications (or relevant professional experience) in religious studies, politics, sociology, history, global studies, international relations, PPE, liberal arts, business and finance, or economics. These modules, delivered by expert moral and political philosophers, discuss key concepts and theories, such as human welfare, political legitimacy, liberty, justice, and the value of equality. You'll then go on to build on this theoretical basis to address a range of global ethical challenges.
You'll also have a wide choice of more specialist modules, enabling you to follow your own interests throughout your course. You'll be taught by philosophers, religious studies scholars, and social scientists on topics such as:
War, Terror and Justice
Religion, Gender and Sexuality
Religions and Global Development
Global Environmental Ethics
Global Politics of Health
Gender, Globalisation and Development
International Political Economy
Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
Global Justice; and Racism, Decoloniality and Migration
You'll also write a dissertation on a topic of your own choice.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Learning and teaching
Most of our modules are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, where you can discuss the issues arising from your reading with fellow students and your tutor.
You’ll also have one-to-one supervisions while you work on your dissertation. Independent study is also an important element of the course, allowing you to develop your skills and pursue your own interests more closely.
Watch our MA Philosophy and MA Global Ethical Challenges subject talk to get a flavour of what it’s like to study at Leeds.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
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.
Our admissions team are experienced in considering a wide range of international qualifications. If you wish to discuss whether your qualifications will meet the necessary entry criteria, contact the School’s admissions team. You can also check the accepted qualifications for your country or region.
The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures receives very large numbers of high-quality applications and regrets that it cannot make offers to all of its applicants. Some particularly popular schools may have to reject many that hold the necessary academic qualifications.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
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).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
Postgraduate Administration Office
UK: £10,750 (total)
International: £22,250 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
You may be eligible for scholarships or other financial support. Please see our funding and scholarships page for more information.
This course will equip you with a range of in-depth subject knowledge, but it will also allow you to develop high-level skills in research, analysis, interpretation and communication.
All of these qualities are valuable to a range of employers across sectors and industries, and we’re proud of our record in preparing postgraduates for their careers after graduation. They’ve gone into roles such as teaching, consultancy, business management, administration, accountancy, law, journalism and the civil service among others.
Many of our graduates also progress to further study, and ultimately pursue academic careers.
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