This is a one-year full time (or two-year part-time) programme
designed around two main Streams: Public and Applied
Philosophy and Post-Kantian European Philosophy. Drawing
on long traditions of philosophical thought, our modules aim
to explore questions of values, forms of reasoning, and modes
of practice as they play out in personal, societal and political

A notable feature of the programme is that students are given the opportunity to organise a peer-reviewed international graduate conference. In so doing, students of the programme engage in knowledge exchange with their international peers. Within the Philosophy of Children component, students may have placement experience in Irish schools.

1. You can specialize in Public and Applied Philosophy or in Post-Kantian European Philosophy or combine the offerings from both of these streams.

2. Uniquely in Ireland you will be able to do research and training in Philosophy for Children (P4C) at Postgraduate level.

3. This programme is designed to give you the skills to engage in transformational thinking about key issues in contemporary life from the ethical issues around advanced technologies to the philosophy of nature.

Entry requirements

NQAI Level 8 at H2.2 in relevant subject area, GPA 3.0 or equivalent international qualification in Philosophy or a cognate discipline. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis.


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

COURSE INSTANCE(S): 1MVK1, full-time; 1MVK2, part-time

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Career Opportunities
Students on this course will graduate with a range of transferable skills such as Research and Investigative skills, Critical Reasoning, Communication skills, Facility with Arguments and Interpretive skills, which are valued by employers from a wide range of areas including consultancy, administration, cultural organisations, NGOs, public and social services, education, and journalism. It is also a great preparation for further PhD studies.

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    MA HDip

  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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