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MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility)

MA in Ethics: Corporate Responsibility(Pathway)

  • PAC CodeDC689
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Part-time
  • Duration 2 Years

The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) is a specialist pathway within the MA in Ethics run by the DCU School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music and the Institute of Ethics. You’ll obtain the knowledge and skills needed to design and manage the ethical, social and governance aspects of business decision-making and operation. You’ll also learn how to apply business ethics concepts and frameworks to the responsible management of organisations.

This interdisciplinary course draws on the expertise of lecturers from the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music, Institute of Ethics, DCU Business School and practitioners in the field of Business Ethics. The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) is part of a professional development framework for Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI).


The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) specifically expands on the theoretical perspective of business ethics as well as its practical management tools.

Upon successful completion of the course of study for this award, a graduate will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of ethical theories and principles that are at the forefront of general and applied ethics.

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of a broad range of business ethics concepts and theories including corporate responsibility, corporate governance and stakeholder accountability.

Apply a range of business ethics theories and practical tools to address ethics issues in business organizations.

2017-2018 Modules

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This MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) programme equips participants with a solid foundation in theoretical and applied ethics. It also develops the necessary skills to appraise soundly and confront confidently a vast range of important topical ethical challenges.

Why Do This Programme?

The programme is offered on a part-time basis over two years.

The programme is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of lecturers from the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music, Institute of Ethics, DCU Business School and practitioners in the field of Business Ethics.

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The programme is part of a professional development framework for ACOI members and for individuals within the wider business community who wish to develop their leadership skills for Business Ethics & Corporate Responsibility roles within organisations.

The pathway has been designed to appeal to individuals carrying out roles in or related to:

Ethics & Compliance

Corporate Responsibility/Citizenship

Stakeholder Relations

Organisational or Board Governance or Risk Management

Social Accounting/Reporting

Socially Responsible Investment

Ethics, Audit, Risk or Compliance Committees

Regulatory and public sector bodies

Undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff

Gráinne Shortall MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) Graduate

"The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) was particularly relevant and beneficial to my roles in compliance, regulation and ethics policy development. The range of modules allowed me to focus on specific professional areas and to select other areas of personal interest. The two year programme was very interesting and lecturers were experienced and supportive which I found to be essential having returned to third level education after a number of years. Lectures incorporated an excellent balance of academic instruction, presentations and group discussions helping each of us to build knowledge and expertise not only from lecturers, but from students from a range of professions and backgrounds. This helped us to develop skills and confidence in recognising and addressing ethical dilemmas and the achievement of practical solutions. It also enhanced our professional and personal knowledge of ethics and governance legislation and best practice." 


General Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent (2.2) but appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University. Interviews may be held.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

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As part of your application through the Postgraduate Applications Centre system (PAC) please submit a personal statement (maximum 1,000 words) - tell us why you want to join our programme.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
  • Personal statement of 1,000 words maximum

Non Native English Speakers must also submit

  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements - see link


Dates for Submission of Applications

EU Applicants 

Apply online through the Postgraduate Application Centre www.pac.ie/dcu by 31st July 2018.

Non-EU Applicants 

Apply through the Postgraduate Application Centre www.pac.ie/dcu by 10th July 2018

If you need a study visa and are a Non-EU student, you are not eligible to apply for a part-time programme as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

When applying for this programme through www.pac.ie, please use the PAC Code DC689.