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Applied Ethics


Expertise of research area
applied ethics; ethics; metaethics; professional ethics; theological ethics

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<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Studying applied ethics at PhD level is a great way to gain in-depth knowledge of highly topical issues and make a meaningful contribution to current debates in your chosen field.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>You&#39;ll conduct an extensive independent research project on a topic of your choice, and use your findings to produce an original piece of work. Throughout, you&#39;ll receive support and guidance from one or two expert supervisors.</p> <p>You&#39;ll develop knowledge and skills that&#39;ll be invaluable in both personal and professional settings, equipping you to enter or advance in specialist careers within academia and beyond.</p> <p>As a postgraduate researcher, you&#39;ll join a diverse and vibrant community with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.</p> <h2>Areas of supervision</h2> <p>We provide expert supervision in a wide range of topics, allowing you to study the application of ethical principles in many different areas. We also offer joint supervision with other subject areas, enabling you to pursue interdisciplinary research.</p> <p>You can <a href="">explore our research</a>&nbsp;and <a href=";query=&amp;isSupervisor=true&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=all&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=academic&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=professional&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=visiting&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=honorary&amp;categoryIDs%5B%5D=99">view our staff members</a>&nbsp;to find out more about our expertise. We have particular strengths in:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Moral psychology (especially desire, emotion, virtue, integrity, and rationality)</p> </li> <li> <p>Ancient ethics (especially Plato and Aristotle)</p> </li> <li> <p>Biomedical and healthcare ethics (including mental health and psychiatry)</p> </li> <li> <p>Contemporary moral theory</p> </li> <li> <p>Ethics in business, engineering, finance, and media</p> </li> <li> <p>Professional ethics</p> </li> <li> <p>Ethics of leadership, persuasion, rhetoric, and influence</p> </li> <li> <p>Political philosophy (especially political obligation, and justice)</p> </li> <li> <p>Climate change</p> </li> <li> <p>Exploitation</p> </li> <li> <p>Consent, privacy, and data ethics</p> </li> <li> <p>AI and robotics</p> </li> <li> <p>Sexual ethics and the philosophy of love</p> </li> </ul> <h2>Part-time study</h2> <p>You can study for a PhD with us part time, allowing you to fit your degree around work and other commitments.&nbsp;</p> <h2>PhD by Distance Learning</h2> <p>It is possible to study for a PhD by Distance Learning,for further information contact&nbsp;<a href="">Dr Mic Spencer</a>, Head of the Graduate School.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made <a href="">online</a>. Please state clearly the research area you are interested in.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements.</p> <p>Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures<br /> The minimum English language requirements for Schools in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component.</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science.</p> <p>e: <a href=""></a></p>

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