University of Birmingham
Global Ethics and Justice (Distance Learning) MSc
University of Birmingham

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

Are you looking to explore Global Justice topics such as international trade, climate change, war, and biomedical science and apply ethical theories to these areas?

The MA Global Ethics and Justice will develop your knowledge of key global issues, and provide you with conceptual and analytical frameworks to enable you to understand and reflect on the ethical dimensions of these issues. It offers a range of core modules which provide a foundation for your studies, with the opportunity to apply your learning to areas of specific interest through your choice of dissertation topic.

Delivered by the Department of Philosophy, the programme is ideal for those who are interested in international affairs, and who wish to pursue or develop careers in NGOs, related areas in public or private sectors, or research positions. It is designed to accommodate those wishing to study full-time as well as those wishing to study part-time around other commitments. This programme can also be used as a route into PhD research.

The Department is home to a team of world-leading researchers, working on topics such as: health and wellbeing, climate change and the environment, human rights and global justice, war and intervention, bioethics, and gender justice. Often these topics require an interdisciplinary approach to ethics and international affairs in order to critically analyse complex issues in a globalised world.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Scholarships may be available to home and international students.
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The programme allows for multi-disciplinary entry. You need an upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in Philosophy or another relevant subject (e.g. Theology, Sociology) or a Joint Honours degree of which Philosophy or another relevant subject is a component.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is a research university based in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. The university’s aim is to be at the cutting edge of educational delivery, and to have their curriculum be continually reshaped by new revelations in research. The main campus is situated a reasonable three miles away from Birmingham city centre, which doesn’t take long to get to via bus if the student decides they’d like to spend some of their free time there.

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