MA Applied Ethics

Linköping University

Program Description

MA Applied Ethics

Linköping University

MA Applied Ethics, 60 credits

The programme offers a complementary education on master’s level in applied ethics for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in different academic fields, from philosophy to health and technology, or a professional degree. The aim of the programme is to offer students the opportunity to pursue advanced studies in applied ethics.

Applied ethics is a growing interdisciplinary field that studies ethical issues in different areas such as politics, medicine, research, technology, as well as different forms of professional ethics. Questions such as global justice, ethical implications of new technologies in healthcare and environmental responsibility for future generations are some of the issues that applied ethics is dealing with. The subject has its disciplinary basis in moral philosophy and ethics but also requires area knowledge and expertise in different fields of application.

Applied Ethics is a programme for those who:

  • are interested in ethical questions
  • want to work with ethical issues regarding the society
  • want to research in the fields of ethics and applied ethics

The programme enables students to gain knowledge of ethical theories and methods, as well as of ethical debates in different fields of application. Acquired skills include how to analyse moral problems and ethical debates and how to critically assess ethical arguments and policy documents. Moreover, students will learn how to construct ethical positions and to write policy recommendations, as well as how to moderate debates and to participate in ethical deliberations in a fruitful way.

Career opportunities

A master in applied ethics gives students a unique competence that can be added to their professional or disciplinary education. When working as a nurse, teacher, minister, civil servant or economist, students will know how to deal with ethical issues. Mastering applied ethics provides students with the tools to structure the discussions and distinguish between good and bad arguments. A great number of our master's students continue to doctoral studies in different areas of applied ethics and professional ethics. A recent survey shows that around 40% of the graduates of the past programme work at a university today, either as teachers or doing a PhD . However, the programme also prepares students for professional careers outside of academia.

Programme facts

  • Degree: Master of Arts (60 credits) in Applied Ethics
  • Language: English
  • Duration: One year
  • Pace of study: Full-time
  • Campus: Linköping
  • Application code: LIU-91011
  • Application period: 16 Oct - 15 Jan
  • Start date: August / September

Tuition fees

Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

All others: SEK 95,000 (approx. USD 14,000/EUR 10,400) per academic year

Programme specific requirements

Applicants are expected to have a bachelor's degree. Each applicant must enclose a letter of intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, and a summary of their bachelor's essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor's essay or project, then their letter of intent should describe previous studies and any other academic activities related to the master's programme. All supporting documents, including the letter of intent and the specific paper, should be sent to University Admissions in Sweden, FE 1, SE–838 73, Frösön, Sweden.

Financial support

The programme offers one tuition fee waiver of 50% for a student coming from a low or lower middle income country. The tuition fee waiver covers half of the tuition fees for the academic year 2014-2015.

Students can apply for the tuition fee waiver as soon as they have been accepted to Linköping University. The application can be made by sending an email to the programme director, Professor Göran Collste, at Selection is based on students’ academic qualification as stated in their documentation sent to University Admissions in Sweden. No additional documents are required.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
1 year
Full time
95,000 SEK
Jan. 15, 2017
Start date Aug. 2017
Sweden Linköping
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 95,000 SEK
All others (per academic year) ; Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

Applied Ethics at Linköping University