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Our Global Ethics and Human Values MA is the most wide-ranging and philosophical course 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.
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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 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, King’s College London Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions
Awarding institution King's College London
The Dickson Poon School of Law
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Our Global Ethics & Human Values course 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 and 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 required 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.
The three required modules are assessed together by one three-hour exam and optional modules are assessed by a 3,000 word essay. The exception is the Internship module for which candidates are assessed by a proposal, a short journal and a 4,000 word project.
*Unlike other modules the Internship module is assessed by a proposal, a short journal and a 4,000-word project.
Part-time students are advised to take 80 credits in the first year and 100 credits (which includes the 60 credit dissertation) in the second year of their course of studies.
2:1 bachelors degree in a relevant discipline such as philosophy, politics, law, economics, history, or social science. Relevant professional qualification and experience will also be considered.
Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £55 applies.
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We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline was the 30th March 2018. Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 27th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 31st August 2018.
If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.
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.
These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
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.
If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.
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