Postgraduate taught 

Philosophy (Conversion) MSc

Moral Philosophy PHIL5074

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course discusses some central issues and arguments in contemporary ethics.


2 lectures per week for 9 weeks, plus 4 tutorials. The course may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Two essays, equally weighted, each with a word limit of 2500 words.

Course Aims

The course aims to:


■ explore the central issues and arguments in contemporary ethics

■ investigate the status of moral judgments.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:


■ Identify and explain doctrines covered within the course including Moore's anti-naturalism; Moral realism; Antirealism; Sensibility theories and Constructivism

■ Critically assess these doctrines in writing using appropriate subject specific terminology

■ Compare and contrast the respective doctrines

Assessment for this course is at Masters Level.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.