Combine abstract concepts of ethics and rights with practical approaches to managing and solving problems of data privacy.
At York, you'll be taught by academics who are active in their fields and working with external partners, so you'll be up to date with the latest research and innovations. Engage in research-led enquiry, exploring the ways in which data is collected, used, and at times, exploited, by different organisations. Your studies will give you a sound practical and theoretical grasp of how user data is collected, analysed and stored, and the normative principles underpinning these different stages.
You'll engage in problem-based learning as part of a team. You'll write reports on managing data privacy under the oversight of a specialist, as well as undertake an extended dissertation on a topic of your choosing.
You'll graduate with a firm, broad grounding in the fast-growing, interdisciplinary field of the philosophy of data privacy.
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Throughout your degree, you'll gain a deep understanding of what makes best governance practice when handling user data. You'll debate the ethical and business risks of minimal compliance with regulation and broaden your knowledge of regulatory framework.
Your modules will cover a range of topics, from philosophical questions raised by artificial intelligence to case studies regarding the ethics of business practice.
You'll graduate with the ability to present a clear, principled and persuasive case for data management practices which respect the fundamental right to privacy, thereby protecting corporations from the risks associated with minimal compliance.
Year 1: Topics in the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Data Privacy Problem Based Learning 2: Surveillance Capitalism, and one option module.
Year 2: Research Skills and Dissemination Practice, Data Privacy Problem Based Learning 1: Health and Government Data, one option module and your dissertation.
You will also study two option modules. Option modules vary from year to year according to staff availability. The availability of each option module is subject to a minimum enrolment number. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Your 10,000 word dissertation enables you to produce a sustained piece of critical writing on a topic of your choosing. It will allow you to apply the core knowledge, skills and experience that you have gained to further your independent research skills.
You'll attend dissertation preparation seminars to enable you to write your proposal, with further support later in the year. You'll be supervised by a member of staff with expertise in the relevant area.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£10,590||£23,900|
|Part-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
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Lecturers challenge you to achieve the best that you can. They really make you think about your ideas and give you space to do so. Philosophy is so friendly and everyone is very welcoming!
Anika, BA Philosophy
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
You'll be taught by intensive seminars and individual or small-group tutorials, which will allow you and your tutors to systematically explore complex issues in data privacy. You'll undertake project-based learning, collaborating with other students on group assessments.
You'll be based in the Department of Philosophy on Campus West.
You'll be part of a lively research community at the Humanities Research Centre which includes staff, postgraduate students, postdoctoral scholars and academic visitors from across the arts and humanities.
You will be based in the Department of Philosophy on Campus West. Most of your contact hours will be nearby on Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You'll be assessed in a variety of ways, including:
After graduating, you'll be able to present a clear, principled and persuasive case for data management practices which respect the fundamental right to privacy, thereby protecting corporations from the risks associated with minimal compliance. You'll develop skills in presenting your own ideas, conference organization, and collaborative work, which will be of benefit for a wide range of career paths.
|Undergraduate degree||2.1 or equivalent|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS (Academic and Indicator)||6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components|
|Cambridge CEFR||B2 First: 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components|
|Oxford ELLT||7, minimum of 7 in writing and no less than 6 in all other components|
|Duolingo||120, minimum 120 in production and 105 in all other components|
|LanguageCert SELT||B2 with 33/50 in each component|
|LanguageCert Academic||70 with a minimum of 70 in Writing and no less than 65 in all other components|
|KITE||459-494, with 459-494 in writing and 426-458 in all other components|
|Skills for English||B2: Merit overall, with Merit in writing and Pass with Merit in all other components|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components|
|TOEFL||87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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