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Applied Ethics

Utrecht University

12 months
17280 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The Applied Ethics programme at Utrecht University offers you an in-depth focus on the interaction between moral practice and ethical theory, allowing you to explore ethical theories in relation to actual practical dilemmas. At the end of your studies, you will possess a thorough theoretical background in ethics, including important methods and debates in applied ethics.

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Explore the interaction between moral practices and ethical reflection

Moral problems occur in all areas of life: professional, personal, political. Should banks impose strict criteria on clients to promote corporate social responsibility? How to allocate fairly the benefits and burdens of climate change policy options? 

Is it ethical for us to use biological enhancement technologies to make ourselves, in some respect, better? For what purpose is the use of big data morally permissible? Such problems require careful reflection on the facts – but also on our basic moral values.

The Applied Ethics  programme at Utrecht University  offers the opportunity to do an internship with a national or international organisation or NGO, and to participate in elective Master-level courses abroad.

Interdisciplinary studies

Our interdisciplinary approach offers you multiple avenues of investigation into applied ethics. In addition to studying philosophy, you will learn about the contexts in which moral problems arise and the different types of analysis that may be needed in various contexts. You will also examine how viewpoints from different disciplines can strengthen ethical reflection and argumentation.

The Master’s programme in Applied Ethics is embedded in Utrecht University’s Ethics Institute, a research-driven organisation that focuses on justice, on human dignity and human rights, sustainability ethics, economic ethics, animal ethics, and bioethics. Read more about the teaching and research environment, including our teaching staff.

International and diverse student body

This English-taught Master’s programme attracts international and Dutch students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds (for example, philosophy, medicine, law, international studies, economics) as well as people with professional experience (for example, health care professionals, lawyers, veterinarians, management consultants in corporate social responsibility & business ethics, or journalists). 

This unique student body provides a wide range of viewpoints through which you can explore ethical dilemmas.


There are various career opportunities after graduating with a degree in Applied Ethics. A recent survey shows that around 30% of our graduates work at a university today, either as teachers or as PhD students. After finishing the programme, you are also able to teach ethics to professionals or to work as a consultant in governmental and diplomatic services. Some of our alumni work in journalism or in various NGOs or banks.

Professional Careers 

Alumni of this programme have found jobs in several fields of the labour market. Here are some examples of jobs in which an expertise of ethics is required.

  • Gerard Versteeg works as a lecturer at HAN University of Applied Sciences.
  • One of our alumni is a Product Developer at ASN Bank in the Netherlands. He works on products from the very first stages of forming ideas through the turnkey delivery. 
  • Another alumna is a Junior Advisor at KPMG, a global network of professional services firms providing audit, tax, and advisory services. 
  • Also, one of our alumni works as a Senior Policy Advisor for school board governance at the Ministry of Education in Canada. He is a policy analyst moving cabinet submissions and regulatory amendments through the decision-making process.
Academic Careers

The Master in Applied Ethics is not especially focused on academic research. However, it does provide students with skills necessary for an academic career. Approximately 25-30% of our students eventually attain a PhD position at universities both in the Netherlands and abroad.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethical Theory & Moral Practice 
  • Ethics and Public Policy 
  • Ethics of Institutions 
  • Methods & Tools in Practical Philosophy 
  • Thesis Applied Ethics
  • Independent Study Master

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Applied Ethics if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:  

  • You have adequate knowledge of the most important and currently debated theories in the field of philosophical and applied ethics, as demonstrated by:
    • a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, or
    • a Bachelor’s degree in a different discipline combined with a major in Ethics or Philosophy, or
    • a Bachelor’s degree combined with a minor in Ethics of at least 30 EC. A minor in Ethics should contain courses at both the introductory and advanced undergraduate levels. 

Tuition Fee

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    17280 EUR/year
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  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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