University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Inter-Disciplinary Ethics

This programme offers theoretical research interests which include intellectual property (and free software), research ethics, mental illness, emotion and emotion arousal, Aristotle, contractualism, leadership ethics and the structure of moral theories.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree or equivalent. Professional experience may also be considered. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 6.0 in each component) or equivalent.

Course modules

Areas of research: Moral psychology especially desire, emotion, and rationality and virtue theory; ancient ethics especially Plato and Aristotle); contemporary moral theory; the demandingness of ethics and gradability in moral theories; business ethics and the purpose of business; climate change and responsibility; professional ethics and engineering ethics in particular; emotions and ethics (the role of emotions in correct responses to ethical considerations); ethical issues in leadership and influence; exploitation; informed consent; integrity in individuals and in organisations; moral development; pactical wisdom, practical judgment and moral expertise; privacy; psychiatric ethics; moral luck and punishment; ethical significance of pleasure and pain (e.g. in public policy, in ethical goal-setting); ethics of persuasion, including (but not limited to) rhetoric, advocacy, advertising, public interest.

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years

Campus details

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Key information

Inter-disciplinary Ethics Applied
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