MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility)


Programme Overview

The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) is a level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications, offered jointly by Dublin City University and Mater Dei Institute of Education.

The programme is part of a professional development framework for Compliance Institute 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 programme is designed to emphasise ethical awareness, critical reasoning skills, and core principles of ethical behaviour in order to provide participants with the tools to address and resolve complex, critical and at times, conflicting interests and opportunities. 

It specifically expands on the theoretical perspective of business ethics as well as its practical management tools. It provides participants with the knowledge and skills to assess the role of ethics in relationship to corporate social responsibility, managerial decision-making, executive leadership, and corporate governance through diverse perspectives.

The programme is offered on a part-time basis over two years, comprising of six taught modules (Introduction to Ethics, Readings in Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice, Business Ethics, Finance and Corporate Governance, Implementing an Effective Ethics Culture) and a minor thesis from within the perspective of the discipline of ethics. No philosophy or ethics background is required to apply for this course.

After graduation, graduates can join the MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) Alumni and be part of a network of expertise and support in the field of ethics.

How you will benefit:

On successful completion of the MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility), graduates will be able to:

  1. Design and manage the ethical, social and governance aspects of business decision-making and operation.

  2. Apply business ethics concepts and frameworks to the responsible management of organisations.

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

  4. Utilise a range of business ethics theories and practical tools to address ethics issues in business organisations.

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

Taking up an ACOI Designation:


The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) is accredited and awarded by DCU. 

Graduates who complete the MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) will be invited to apply for the designation 'Fellow of Compliance Institute' and use the designatory letters FCI. FCI is the highest-level designation the Compliance Institute offers its members. Continued use of this designation is subject to meeting Compliance Institute’s CPD requirements.

For more on Compliance Institute Designations, click here.


  • EU Status Fee Part-time
    €3,600 Per Annum
  • Non EU Fee Part time
    €7,400 Per Annum

How to Apply

Any Questions?

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