Centre for Applied Eithics
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MPhil in Applied Ethics

This is a one-year programme aimed at students who are interested in applied ethics, and who hold a post-graduate qualification, and who have training in philosophy and ethics.

The programme consists of two lecture series of a week each (the first at the end of January and the second in July). Students are assessed by means of a number of assignments as well as a thesis that counts 50% of the final mark and that is externally evaluated. Attendance of the two lecture series is compulsory. The programme is offered biannually, and the next intake is in 2017. It is not necessary to reside in Stellenbosch, in order to enrol for this programme.

Students who register for this programme specialise in one of three areas: biomedical ethics, business ethics, or environmental ethics. For more information on the course contents of each of these options, view the individual pages of the Centre's three Units (see tab above)

Students could be admitted into the PhD (Philosophy) or the PhD (Applied Ethics) programme at Stellenbosch University on the basis of attainment of the MPhil (Applied Ethics) with an average mark of 65%.

Admission requirements:

A four-year qualification (which includes a degree from a recognised university; a three-year degree plus a postgraduate diploma would be acceptable), and which includes significant training in philosophy and ethics is required. Normally, an average mark of 60% for courses done is also required for admission to this programme.

Nature of the programme:

Specialised teaching and training in research in three areas of specialisation of applied ethics, i.e. Biomedical ethics, Business ethics and Environmental ethics.

Compulsory modules:

Coursework comprised of advanced study elective modules in accordance with the area of specialisation, as well as a thesis in Applied Ethics (the thesis topic is subject to the available supervisory expertise within the Centre).


On-campus tuition for 2 one-week sessions combined with structured self-study.

Assessment and Examination:

The taught modules are assessed by means of examinations and/or research projects.  The thesis (50%) is submitted for external examination according to the regulations of the University for the examination of postgraduate qualifications.​