The Master's programme Applied Ethics has a 60 EC course load and is offered both fulltime (1 year) and parttime (2 years). Please refer to the programme book as a supplement to the student website and as a guide during your first weeks of the academic year.


  • The Course planner contains an overview of the courses in your study programme's exam requirements, including useful information about individual courses. Do not forget to choose the academic year 2019-2020!
  • Below you will find a detailed description of your curriculum.
  • Fulltime and parttime students join together in the courses.
  • The courses are scheduled during the week, in the afternoon.


The academic year in Utrecht is divided into 4 blocks. During the first term of your programme you choose the contents of your study path, together with your Programme Coordinator or tutor. The components of the programme are: 

  • Core curriculum (Required, 20 EC, in the courseplanner: V)
  • Electives (Constrained choice, 5 EC, in the courseplanner: VK)
    ​You have to choose at least one of these three electives in block 2:
    • AEMV16005 - Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine
    • AEMV16006 - Economic Ethics
    • AEMV16007 - Sustainable World: Humans, Animals and Nature
  • Electives (15 EC, in the courseplanner: VK)
    You can choose the other three electives from the other courses marked in the courseplanner with VK and courses outside Utrecht University. If you want to include other MA-level courses from UU or from other universities in your programme, this is subject to approval by the Examination Committee (see: Approval and Exemption). 
  • Master thesis (20 EC)

Entry Requirements

Look carefully at the entry requirements of the courses and whether there is a placement committee.

This master programme is also offered parttime. The requirements for the part-time students are the same as the full-time programme mentioned above, but you follow this programme within two years instead of one year. ​Fulltime and parttime students join together in the courses. The courses are scheduled during the week, in the afternoon.

Year 1

Block 1 (Required, 10 EC):

Ethics of Institutions (Core Curriculum, required)
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (Core Curriculum, required)

Block 2 (Core Curriculum Required and Constrained choice: 5 or 10  EC)

Methods & Tools in Practical Philosophy (Core Curriculum, required)
Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine or Economic Ethics or Sustainable World

​Block 3 and 4 (free choice, 10 EC)

Digital Ethics (block 3)
History and Philosophy of Objectivity (block 3)
Internship (block 3 and 4)
Literature seminar (block 3 and 4)

Year 2 

Block 1 (5 EC)

Ethics and Public Policy (Core Curriculum, required)

Block 2 (5 or 10 EC)

Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine 
Economic Ethics 
Sustainable World

Block 3 and 4 (20 EC)



This is a standard study program. In consultation with your tutor, a personolized study planning may be possible.

Als je het leuk en zinvol vindt filosofische kennis en vaardigheden over te dragen aan jonge mensen kun je via de eenjarige Educatieve Master leraar filosofie worden op één van de 250 scholen vwo of havo, waar filosofie een eindexamenvak is. Het eenjarige programma bestaat uit twee delen: enerzijds colleges onderwijskunde en pedagogie en anderzijds een grote stage op een school (4e of 5e klas).

Je kunt via een aangepast masterprogramma Applied Ethics toegang krijgen tot de Educatieve Master. Je volgt dan de volgende onderdelen:

  • Blok 1
    • AEMV16001 - Ethics of Institutions
    • AEMV16002 - Ethical Theory & Moral Practice
    • Kies een niet-ethische onderdeel uit:
      • FRRMV16001 Core Readings in Theoretical Philosophy
      • FRRMV16008 Topics in Metaphysics
      • FRRMV16009 Topics in the Philosophy of Human Rights
      • FRRMV16010 Topics in Early Modern Philosophy
      • WBMV05003   Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
  • Blok 2
    • AEMV16004 - Methods & Tools in Practical Philosophy
    • Een van de volgende cursussen:
      • ​AEMV16005 - Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine
      • AEMV16006 - Economic Ethics
      • AEMV16007 - Sustainable World: Humans, Animals and Nature
    • Kies een niet-ethisch onderdeel uit:
      • FRRMV16002  Core Readings in the History of Philosophy
      • FRRMV16011  Topics in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
      • FRRMV16012  Topics in Hellenistic Philosophy
      • FRRMV16013  Topics in Moral Psychology
  • Blok 3 & 4
    • FRRMV16014  History and Philosophy of Objectivity
    • FRRMV16015  20th Century German Philosophy
    • Thesis (20 EC).

Je aanvraag voor de toelating van de Educatieve Master moet altijd ter goedkeuring worden ingediend bij de examencommissieBij het kiezen van de niet-ethische onderdelen, kun je het beste contact opnemen met Hans Wessels,

When you start this programme, you will be registered for its exam programme. This is a 'translation' of the exam requirements described in the Education and Examination Regulations.In order to complete your Master's programme you will need to meet the exam requirements.

Study Progress Report (SPR)

Your study progress report lists all of your current results, and tells you how far along you are in meeting your exam requirements. View your study progress report in OSIRIS > tab Progress. See the example (pdf) for an elaborate explanation on the Study Progress Report.

If you wish to deviate from the curriculum, you must first ask your programme’s Board of Examiners for approval or exemption. In case your request is granted, the changes will be processed in OSIRIS and integrated into your exam programme and Study Progress Review.

In order to graduate, you will need to meet your programme's exam requirements as described in the Education and Examination Regulations. Based on these criteria and your Study Progress Review, the Board of Examiners determines whether you have graduated. The courses that are listed on your Study Progress Review will appear on the International Diploma Supplement (IDS), the attachment that you receive with your diploma. Note that courses listed under the heading ‘Results-Other’ are not part of the examination syllabus and do not appear on the IDS.

If you have questions about your Study Progress Review or find errors in it, contact the Student Desk Humanities.