Contemporary European Philosophy

For students interested in Contemporary European philosophy (also known as "Continental" philosophy), University College Dublin is reckoned to be one of the top universities in the English speaking world (see The Philosophical Gourmet report).

The ever-popular MA in Contemporary European Philosophy Programme draws on the three main specialisations of the relevant faculty. These are German Idealism and Post-Kantian Philosophy, Phenomenology and Critical Theory. Topics treated in the modules include transcendental and absolute idealism and subjectivity, intentionality and being in the world, embodiment and otherness, critique of ideology, autonomy and recognition and feminism and gender theory.

Subjects taught

Core Modules:
PHIL40030 Dissertation

Choose 4 from the list of Core Modules below:
PHIL40250 Merleau-Ponty's Phenomonology
PHIL40840 Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem
PHIL41240 Newamn: A Phiolosophical Perspective
PHIL41280 Feminist and Gender Theory
PHIL41320 Topics in Continental Philosophy
PHIL41330 Philosophy of Time
PHIL41810 Critique & Destruction
PHIL41840 Invention of the Modern Self

Option Modules:

Choose 2 from the list of Option Modules below:
PHIL40410 Philosophy and Literature
PHIL40840 Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem
PHIL41280 Feminism and Gender Theory
PHIL41330 Philosophy of Time
PHIL41510 Ethics in Public Life
PHIL41570 Problems from Kant
PHIL41590 Early Modern Philosophy of Language
PHIL41810 Critique & Destruction

Entry requirements

Applicants must have at least a 2.1 (GPA of 3.08 or above) or international equivalent in an undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) that involves a significant amount of philosophy.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MA Contemporary European Philosophy FT (W456)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MA Contemporary European Philosophy PT (W457)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.


MA Contemporary European Philosophy (W456) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Contemporary European Philosophy (W457) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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