Skip to main content

Global Ethics & Human Values MA



Global Ethics & Human Values allows you to study the urgent ethical issues of our globalising world including climate change, war, terrorism, poverty, inequality, trade, justice and human rights. Based in the heart of London close to government, the Royal Courts of Justice, multinational corporate HQs and international NGOs.

Key benefits

  • The most wide-ranging and philosophical programme in its field covering the urgent ethical issues of our globalising world including climate change, war, terrorism, poverty, inequality, trade, justice and human rights.
  • Taught by distinguished academic staff at the School of Law at King's, their areas of expertise include a very wide range of topics in ethics and political philosophy.

  • Based in the vibrant 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. for more information on these scholarships and how you can apply, please click the link here'(link:

Key information

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 2569 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2569

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law



Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

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.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal.

Personal statement and supporting information

For information on how to apply to King's, the application process, personal statements or any other FAQ's, please visit the FAQ page.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


You will study three core modules and choose three optional modules. The core topics are: ethics; contemporary political philosophy; and ideological conflict. The optional modules may vary year to year. It is currently planned to offer: human responsibility for the world and its future; conflict: its origins, ethics and containment; human rights; international justice; citizenship; and the ethics of culture.

Course purpose

The programme seeks to encourage and develop your own thinking about the complex theoretical and practical issues you will study. It does this by providing you with the analytic skills which will enable you to address those issues with philosophical rigour. It draws extensively on different branches of philosophy, politics and international relations and requires you to become familiar with a wide range of the ideas, concepts and problems within those areas.

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 topics of concern in a globalising world. The second semester is even more applied: 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 students studying for the MA will choose a global issue of special interest to them and research it in depth for their dissertation.The programme is designed for those who have studied philosophy, politics, economics, history or social science; those in government, an international aid agency or an NGO; those involved in corporate social responsibility in the commercial sector; those with relevant experience.

Course format and assessment

There are two teaching days each week. All modules are run as seminars, with a mixture of formal presentation by the instructor and active discussion among members of the seminar. Instructors are also available outside of seminars, and during the dissertation phase students will have personal guidance from a specific instructor. Assessment for first term modules is by exam, and for second term modules by essay.



Career prospects

This programme has broadened students' awareness of global issues; a number have gone on to do research degrees and work for governmental and non-governmental organisations.



Welcome to King's

In the heart of London

Discover the advantages of studying at one of the top 20 universities in the world and take a look at our central London campuses.

Watch more videos

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.



Next steps

Upcoming events

Jan 25
Current Maughan Library exhibition

Current Maughan Library exhibition

Feb 15
Industry Talks - Shadow Robot and Institute for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

Rich Walker, Managing Director of the Shadow Robo…

Feb 17
Discover Chemistry 2016

The Department of Chemistry is opening its doors f…

View our postgraduate guide

Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's. Download or view our guide in PDF format.

Download guide View online

Apply now

Start your academic journey at King's College London.

Postgraduate Taught Postgraduate Research

Explore King’s

AccommodationTake a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses. 
Student lifeArt, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricularDiscover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London livingWith four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.