The holder of the Master  in Ethics prepares to become a citizen and contributor capable of assisting societal actors to respond, on a reasoned and informed basis, to ethical questions posed to them. The UCL philosophy faculty offers its students a programme which will enable them to meet this challenge at the end of their studies.
In order to achieve this objective, students will need the following main virtues:
- the ability to examine transforming movements in modern society by applying critical thought to the phenomena embodying them;
- the ability to analyse ethical questions which raise decision-making processes and practices, but at an individual level and a social and political level;
- the ability to construct a reasoned and informed position in respect of these questions;
- the ability to assist social actors by calling for responsibility as regards these ethical questions.
Generally, at the end of the master, students will have developed a spirit of criticism, faculty of analysis and review, intellectual creativity, a sense of tolerance and dialogue as well as an ability to debate ethical questions. These qualities, encouraged by critical reflection skills exercises, knowledge of the theories, concepts and methods involved in philosophical ethics, practice in reasoning as well as exchanges with other disciplines and their actors, are highly valued in various professions (diplomacy, journalism, human resource management, teaching, etc.).
On successful completion of this programme, each student is able to :
1.2. Make theoretical and methodological choices in view of their relevance in dealing with ethical questions and be able to explain their founding principles and limitations.
1.3. Compare the contributions of philosophical ethics to those of the humanities.
2.2. Clarify the socio-anthropological assumptions and normative principles on which the positions and possible arguments relating to these questions are grounded.
2.3. Compare these positions and arguments to the contributions of scientific disciplines.
2.4. Take an educated and critical position in relation to these questions.
3.2. Implement a rigorous methodological analysis approach relevant to the question.
3.3. Challenge and defend the ethical theories which arise from that question.
3.4. Carry out an analysis of them and draw a conclusion which is relevant both in relation to the debates between specialists in the field and its practical efficacy.
3.5. Take and argue an educated and critical position in relation to that question.
4.2. Communicate, orally and in writing, original scientific results to specialists in the field of research concerned and discuss them critically.
4.3. Converse respectfully and constructively with various counterparts, demonstrating an ability to listen, open-mindedness and tolerance.
4.4. Contribute constructively to public debate (for example, in the media): recognise and take into consideration different points of view and ways of thinking, bring their own ethics-based points of view to the debate and participate constructively in order to develop solutions from the citizen’s point of view.