MA Applied Ethics, 60 credits

The programme offers a complementary education at the master’s level in applied ethics for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in one of various academic fields, from philosophy to health and technology, or a professional degree. 

Applied Ethics, Master´s Programme

Autumn 2019, Full-time, Linköping

Applied Ethics, Master´s Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students)

Autumn 2020, Full-time, Linköping

Applied Ethics, Master´s Programme - First and main admission round

Autumn 2020, Full-time, Linköping

Application period not open

The programme aims to offer students the opportunity to pursue advanced studies in applied ethics. Applied ethics is a growing interdisciplinary field that studies ethical issues in areas such as politics, medicine, research, technology, and 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 deals with. The subject has its disciplinary basis in moral philosophy and ethics, and requires knowledge and expertise in the various fields of application.

Applied Ethics is a programme for those who:

  • Are interested in ethical questions
  • Want to work with ethical issues and the application of ethics in society
  • Want to carry out research in the fields of ethics and applied ethics.

The programme enables students to gain knowledge of ethical theories and methods, and examine ethical debates in different fields of application. The skills acquired during the programme include the analysis of moral problems and ethical debates and the critical assessment of ethical arguments and policy documents. Moreover, students will learn how to construct ethical positions and to write policy recommendations, and how to moderate debates and participate in ethical deliberations in a fruitful way.

Syllabus and course details
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A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below. Entry requirements and tuition fees can be found by selecting the show more function at the top of the page. 

Career opportunities
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A master’s degree in applied ethics gives students unique skills and knowledge that can be added to their education. When working as a nurse, teacher, minister, civil servant or economist, students will be proficient in managing ethical issues. Mastering applied ethics provides students with the tools to structure the discussions and assess arguments. A great number of our master's students continue to doctoral studies in various areas of applied ethics and professional ethics. A recent survey shows that around 40% of the graduates from the programme work at a university, either as teachers or doing a PhD. The programme also prepares students for professional careers outside of academia.

Alumni insights


Mayli – Belgium – PhD Candidate in Biomedical ethics
(The Netherlands) & Yale Seminar Leader (USA) 

''LiU gave me a great basis for a successful career.


Studying applied ethics in Sweden is especially interesting because the country is so advanced in implementing normative principles into its policies.


Gender equality and other social justice efforts are really apparent.


I'm also really grateful for the guidance I received writing my thesis; it earned me an award in the US.'' 


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Stories from the programme
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Current and recently archived blogs from the programme

Sjoerd van Beelen

Applied Ethics

Tjena! What does one do in a world that faces many issues? Well, one option is going to Sweden and studying Applied Ethics at LiU. So I did, leaving my cosy hometown of Amsterdam and all behind, except for my lovely road bike. This year I ponder about ethical issues, but not only that: I hope to enjoy Swedish nature, equip myself with valuable skills and discover in the broadest sense.

Amelia Gackowska

Applied Ethics

Hej, my name is Amelia and I moved to Linköping to study the Master programme in Applied Ethics, as I thought it was about time to study the theories behind my activism!

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The Centre for Applied Ethics (CTE) at Linköping University was founded in 1994 and is a leading centre in applied ethics in Sweden devoted to research and teaching in applied ethics. Programme professors and lecturers pursue research mainly in the following areas: political ethics and global justice, bioethics, ICT-ethics, research ethics, ethics and economy and the theory and method of applied ethics. CTE collaborate with academic institutions in e.g. South Africa, Uganda, Malaysia, Thailand China, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and the USA.

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