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Our Global Ethics and Human Values MA is the most wide-ranging and philosophical programme in its field, allowing you to study the most pressing ethical issues of our time, from globalisation and climate change to war, terrorism, poverty, inequality, justice and human rights.
A wide-ranging programme covering challenging contemporary philosophical topics and urgent ethical issues.
Taught by distinguished academic staff whose areas of expertise include a very wide range of topics in ethics and political philosophy.
Based in the heart of London, close to the Houses of Parliament, the Royal Courts of Justice, multinational corporate headquarters and international NGOs.
Open to students from law, the humanities and social sciences as well as those with relevant work experience.
Generous scholarships are available to support the brightest and best students.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake 17 (FT)
Course leaders Professor Leif Wenar
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, King’s College London Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2569
Postgraduate Admissions Team, King’s College London Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2569
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
We expect a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline, such as philosophy, politics, law, economics, history, or social science.
Relevant professional qualification and experience will also be considered.
For information on how to apply to King's, the application process, personal statements or any other FAQ's, please visit the FAQ page.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
Our Global Ethics & Human Values programme will encourage and develop your thinking about the complex theoretical and practical issues confronting the world, and equip you with the analytical skills to address those issues with philosophical rigour. It draws extensively on branches of philosophy, politics and international relations and will introduce you to a wide range of ideas, concepts and problems within those areas.
You will examine theoretical perspectives within ethics, such as deontology, consequentialism and virtue, and explore how these perspectives can be used to understand important and emotive issues such as religious and political conflict, nationalism, abortion, sexual perversion. You will also study the works and insights of major political philosophers to consider how concepts such as liberty or equality have been interpreted to shape the world we live in.
Our course is equally suited for students with a background in philosophy, politics, economics, history or social sciences, or those already working in government, international aid or NGOs, or in corporate social responsibility in the commercial sector.
You will study three compulsory modules and choose three optional modules. In the first semester, you will be exposed to a range of philosophical approaches within epistemology, ethics and political philosophy, which will be applied to relevant topics in a globalising world. In the second semester, you will be asked to apply the philosophical techniques and conceptual frameworks of the first semester to various global issues, ranging from terrorism to environmental concerns, human rights, world poverty and international justice.
In the final months of the course, you will choose a global issue of special interest to you and research it to write a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation.
There will be 6-8 hours of lectures, seminars and feedback per week. Students are expected to spend 32-34 hours per week engaed in self-study.
There will be 4-6 hours of lectures, seminars and feedback per week. Students are expected to spend 14-16 hours per week engaged in self-study.
You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and an extended essay. The required modules are assessed together by one 3-hour exam. The optional modules are assessed by a 3,000 word essay. The exception is the Internship module which candidates are assessed by a proposal, a short journal and a 4,000 word project.
Our programme has broadened students' awareness of global issues. Many of our graduates have gone on to do research degrees and work for governmental and non-governmental organisations.
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£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
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£4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
£9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*
*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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