Global Ethics PhD/ PhD by Distance Learning

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Within the Department of Philosophy, we offer promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research and explore the leading ethical issues of our time in a dynamic and reflective way. Our research interests cover a wide variety of topics; including ethics and global public health; ethics, war and terror; poverty and financial exclusion; and ethics of borders and immigration.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Distance learning, doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Start date: January 2014, September 2014

Contact

Professor Heather Widdows
Tel: +44(0) 121 414 8399
Email: h.widdows@bham.ac.uk

Alternatively if you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Details

The PhD – the most advanced research degree – requires you to undertake independent research (under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff) that leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice. We provide training opportunities to help you in your studies, such as modules from the Global Ethics MSc programme or research skills training. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:

  • Home / EU £3,996 full-time; £1,998 part-time
  • Overseas: £12,565 full-time; £6,282.50 part-time

Learn more about fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To be eligible for these awards, candidates must hold either an offer of a place to study or have submitted an application to study at the University. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry requirements

Candidates are normally required to have at least an upper second-class Honours degree in Philosophy (or a Joint Honours degree of which Philosophy is a component)

Learn more about entry requirements

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

For applicants to the PhD Distance Learning study mode only:

As part of the application process for the distance learning study mode, we will ask you to provide evidence to demonstrate that you have the time, commitment, facilities and experience to study for a PhD by Distance Learning. Please be prepared to provide evidence, and details, of the following:

  • Examples of your postgraduate research experience and ability to work independently e.g. papers/presentations at professional and academic conferences or publications in professional journals or previous completion of an independent research project, etc.
  • Full reasons (academic and personal) for registering for the distance learning mode of study rather than by standard full or part-time on-campus options. In particular, how you will be able to carry out your project in your chosen location.
  • Access to local library facilities (where needed)
  • Access to IT facilities
  • Access to communications, including e-mail and visual communication media e.g. Skype and Facetime
  • Access to facilities to support any study-related disability (where appropriate)

You can upload this information at the time of application - when asked to provide supporting documentation - or via your applicant portal once you have submitted your application.

For all applicants:

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Contact

Professor Heather Widdows
Tel: +44(0) 121 414 8399
Email: h.widdows@bham.ac.uk

Alternatively if you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Research interests of staff

Research interests of staff include:

  • Ethical issues raised by biomedical research and clinical practice, psychiatric disorders, philosophy of mind and psychology, applied ethics, philosophy of science
    Contact: Lisa Bortolotti
    Email: l.bortolotti@bham.ac.uk
  • Moral theory – utilitarianism, Kantianism, Virtue ethics.  Consent, autonomy and free will.  Wellbeing and happiness.  Philosophy of medicine: health, illness and disease.
    Contact: Iain Law
    Email: i.law@bham.ac.uk 
  • Moral theories, population ethics, global warming, happiness and wellbeing, morality and poverty, global distributive justice, multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism.
    Contact: Jussi Suikkanen
    Email: j.v.suikkanen@bham.ac.uk
  • Global ethics; global justice; bioethics and public health; commodification of the body; ethics of sex and beauty; women's rights; reproductive rights; ethics of war and terror; communication across value-frameworks and belief systems; and all aspects of virtue ethics and moral theory.
    Contact: Heather Widdows
    Email: h.widdows@bham.ac.uk
  • Moral and political philosophy, and applied ethics, especially bioethics, the ethics of killing (including the ethics of war), theories of rights, justice, legitimacy, and public justification.
    Contact: Jeremy Williams
    Email: j.s.williams@bham.ac.uk

Contact

Professor Heather Widdows
Tel: +44(0) 121 414 8399
Email: h.widdows@bham.ac.uk

Alternatively if you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our Philosophy graduates develop a range of skills, including good articulation, precise analytical thought, and the ability to analyse and construct sounds arguments, which can be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from the civil service to finance. Over the past five years, 96% of our Philosophy postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Contact

Professor Heather Widdows
Tel: +44(0) 121 414 8399
Email: h.widdows@bham.ac.uk

Alternatively if you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.