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Master programme Applied Ethics

Contents and focus of the degree programme:

The academic and specialist education provided by the master programme provides basic education in philosophical ethics and qualifies graduates in two of the following three areas, depending on the student’s choice: ethics education at secondary and higher secondary schools, medical and nursing ethics or business and social ethics. Graduates of this programme will have the following skills and qualifications: academic qualification in ethics and adjoining disciplines of humanities and cultural studies, ability for professional dealing with complex ethical issues in specific fields of practice, and soft skills.

Higher education institution:
University of Graz
Group of fields of study:
Degree programme:
Applied Ethics
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Arts, MA
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

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Student Union fee: EUR 19,20
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published in the:
MBl. 2014/15, Stk. 36 b

Definition of the field of studies

Ethics deal with the motivation of values and norms by means of arguments, the role and function of ethical concepts and the rules and structures of decision processes. Based on this, applied ethics deal with the reflexion, pervasion and preparation of specific, socially relevant areas of human reality under the premise of acting and the claim for logical reasoning.


The degree programme is mostly an extra-occupational one. The curriculum consists of a basic module (philosophical, cultural studies and working methods basics of applied ethics) and two out of three concentration modules to choose from (education, health, economics and society). Moreover elective subjects, which can be chosen freely, can be studied. The degree programme concludes with a master thesis and a master exam (a defensio).

Entrance examinations


Supplementary examinations