The study of Ethics provides an excellent grounding in evaluative theory and reasoning for a professional future in the public service, the health sector, social work, with environmental agencies, and in business.

Please note: Ethics may be taken as a supporting subject, but there will be no new enrolments in the Ethics major, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma from 2017. Students who enrolled in any of these programmes in 2016 or prior should consult the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences for advice (

Studying Ethics will give you the tools and capabilities you need to become an inspirational leader in the community and in your working life, and will enable you to feel confident in your capability to reflect on doing “the right thing” and following through on that reflection.

Ethics at Waikato is an interdisciplinary programme with a philosophical core. It includes the study of fundamental moral concepts and the nature of morality as well as applications of evaluative thinking to diverse subject areas such as politics, law, management, Māori and Pacific Studies, religion, art, the media, and the environment. With a theoretical core but an applied emphasis it provides a pathway into any government and private sector employment where sensitivity to ethical issues is a significant requirement.

A great strength of the Ethics programme is that it offers an edge in employability when combined with other professional degrees. Examples include law, counselling, management, teaching, accountancy and computer science.

 Career opportunities

  • Business Consultant
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Health Policy Advisor
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Practitioner
  • Teacher

100 level

Social and Moral PhilosophyPHILO10615.0 Points

200 level

Nga Iho Matua: Maori PhilosophyMAORI20215.0 Points
Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical IntroductionPHILO21515.0 Points
Environmental EthicsPHILO21715.0 Points
Ethics at WorkPHILO21815.0 Points
Happiness and WellbeingPHILO22515.0 Points
Modern Political ThinkersPOLSC20115.0 Points
Terrorism, Violence and the StatePOLSC22415.0 Points

300 level

400 level

Legal EthicsLEGAL43615.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Ethics) and GradDip(Ethics)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Ethics at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Subject links

Philosophy Programme

Subject Requirements

Ethics is available as a supporting subject for the BA and BSocSc. Ethics may also be taken as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.


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