MPhil in Applied Ethics

This is a one-year programme aimed at students with an interest in applied ethics.

Admission requirements:

A four-year qualification (which includes a degree from a recognised university, or a three-year degree plus a postgraduate diploma), together with sufficient prior training in philosophy and ethics. An average mark of 60% for previous philosophy and ethics courses is an additional requirement 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 comprising advanced elective modules in accordance with the area of specialisation, as well as a thesis that counts 50% of the final mark, and which will be submitted for external examination. The thesis topic is subject to the available supervisory expertise within the Centre for Applied Ethics.


On-campus tuition for two one-week sessions (in January and July) combined with structured self-study.

Assessment and Examination:

The taught modules are assessed by means of examinations and/or research projects.  The thesis is submitted for external examination in accordance with the regulations of the Stellenbosch University.​

The programme is offered once every two years, with the next intake in 2021​. It is not necessary to reside in Stellenbosch in order to enrol for this programme.

For the course contents of each of these options, please visit the individual pages of the Centre’s three Units.

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 is at the discretion of the Department of Philosophy, based on the availability of research expertise, as well as the successful submission of a doctoral proposal to the Higher Degrees Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Click here for more information on the different specialisation areas within the Centre for Applied Ethics.

Programme Co-ordinator

Prof. Anton Van Niekerk