Professional ethics short courses

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Our professional ethics short courses are a great opportunity to further your professional development and decide whether you're interested in studying one of our Masters courses.

We offer two distance learning courses which explore the concept and nature of professional ethics. On each, you'll study a module from one of our Masters courses; if you go on to study for the full Masters course this module will count towards your credits.

Applied and Professional Ethics Short Course

This course introduces you to the concept of professional ethics and some of the key issues in this area. These might include trust, integrity, duty, conscientious objection, ethical fragmentation, codes of ethics, truth and deception in professional contexts, and the interaction between the professional and the personal.

You'll also consider what it means to be a professional and the implications of this on whether professional ethics is distinct from or a specific application of ethics.

Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics Short Course

This course introduces you to a range of ethical issues in medical and nursing practice. These might include truth-telling, trust, confidentiality, and consent in carer/patient relationships as well as the content and stringency of the philosophical arguments that underlie these issues.

You'll also consider the role of ethical codes in a medical professional's decision-making and the justification, if there is one, to appeal to conscience in objecting to undertaking certain practices in healthcare.

How it works

Each course is taught online over 8 weeks and is worth 15 credits at postgraduate level. When you've completed your course, you'll receive a certificate of completion from the University.

We're experienced in providing high-quality distance learning, and offer extensive resources, specialised support, and courses that you can fit around work and other commitments.

How to apply

You'll need to apply for your chosen course at least six weeks before it begins. The start dates and fees for 2020 entry will be available shortly.

You don't need to have any academic qualifications or relevant work experience (either paid or voluntary) to apply to our Professional Ethics Short Courses. However we'll consider these as part of your application if you do have them, so you should include them when you apply.

You'll also need to include two academic references and evidence of your English language proficiency if it isn't your first language. We currently ask for IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent score in a similar qualification.

For more information and to apply, follow the University's guidance on applying to a Masters course. When choosing the course you'd like to apply for on the online applicant portal, choose 'Taught Postgraduate (excl. MBA)' and then 'PGCred Professional Ethics PT' from the drop-down menus. Please indicate in your application which of our two Professional Ethics Short Courses you're applying for.


Peggy Baxter MA Applied and Professional Ethics

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I intend to use what I have learned about complex nuanced ethical issues involving fairness, confidentiality, privacy, professionalism, equality and diversity in my teaching role.
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