GradDip Philosophy
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
You will develop your skills of critical analysis in both speech and writing, precision and clarity in your self-expression and a much more nuanced appreciation of central philosophical questions.

- School considered in the world's top ten for "20th Century Continental Philosophy"
- Two streams to choose from: (i) General; (ii) Contemporary European.
- Students on General stream can take classes in contemporary European philosophy, analytic philosophy and ancient philosophy

Vision & Values Statement
Our Graduate Diploma in Philosophy programme is aimed at students who wish to deepen their knowledge of philosophy at graduate level. It provides a pathway to enter the associated MA programme. The School of Philosophy encourages our students to be critical philosophical thinkers with the ability to reflect on current philosophical debates, history of philosophical thought and add their own contribution. We aim to provide a learning environment that fosters collegiality and a pluralistic approach to the main areas of philosophy and encourages students to engage critically with questions. As the largest teaching and research centre in philosophy in Ireland, the programme benefits from many world-leading figures in philosophy that give invited seminars and conferences throughout the year. Small group seminars and participation in conferences and workshops are a key element of the programme design. As such, the programme uses key approaches to teaching such as philosophical debates, critical reflections, essays and paper presentations.

Programme Outcomes
-Students on European Philosophy Stream: A detailed study of Kant and Post-Kantian philosophy including classical and contemporary work in Transcendental and Existential Phenomenology and Critical theory
- An extensive knowledge of library and online sources that facilitate research, including classical and foreign language sources.
-An enhanced awareness of how to work with texts, organise a thesis and set out extended philosophical arguments clearly and compellingly.
-An awareness of how to present and defend philosophical papers in seminars, workshops, conferences and other fora.
-A grasp of how to pursue a career in academic life and the acquiring of transferable skills in research and organisation
-An enhanced awareness of the relevance of philosophy to other academic disciplines and to personal, professional and political life.
-A deepened appreciation of the significance and value of ideas in and for internationalisation and globalisation

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for students with a primary degree in Philosophy, or in another degree that has significant philosophical components; an upper second class honours, or international equivalent is required.

• Candidates with an upper second class honours in a postgraduate conversion course such as a Higher Diploma in Philosophy may be considered.

• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception
Philosophy & Literature
Philosophy of the Emotions
Consciousness, Agency & the Self
Living Well: Aristotle's Ethics & Politics
John Henry Newman – a philosophical prespective
Feminist & Gender Theory
Topics in Continental Philos
Fictional Characters




1 year full-time.


GradDip Philosophy (W226) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 5855
nonEU fee per year - € 13270

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

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Career Opportunities
Philosophy graduates work in diverse fields including business, public-sector management, marketing and advertising, media and broadcasting, recruitment and human resources.
Graduates of UCD School of Philosophy have continued to have successful academic careers in Ireland, UK and the US. Others are prominent playwrights, journalists, human-rights activists, broadcasters, film-makers and musicians.

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