A bachelor degree. Professional experience may also be considered.
If you don’t have a degree, we normally ask you to register for the PGDip programme. You can upgrade to the MA if you progress successfully.
We look for your willingness and ability to think clearly and independently, as well as good writing skills, a basic understanding of philosophical ethics and any relevant experiences of ethical issues in practice.
This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree (or international equivalent) and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study.
Read more at Intercalation.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).
How to apply
Documents and information you need:
Your degree certificate and transcripts of all relevant qualifications, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying.
Two academic references.
Evidence of your English language test scores, if English is not your first language.
An essay of 1,000-1,500 words on a topic relevant to the programme – suggested topics available on our How to Apply page.
There is no formal deadline for applications. However, you should allow time to make arrangements to start your course, such as visa applications or moving to Leeds – and the application deadlines for many scholarships and bursaries will close much sooner. As a result we strongly encourage you to submit your completed application by July 31st of the year you plan to start the programme.
All applicants to our courses will be interviewed. For students planning to study on campus, this will be face-to-face and take place at the IDEA Centre. Distance learning students can also be interviewed by phone, VOIP or Skype.
This link 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.
University of Leeds Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy
UK/EU: £6,750 (total)
International: £15,750 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Part-time fees 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.