This PG Diploma relates discourses and developments in the history in Western philosophy up to the 21st century. It thus aims at carrying out a serious philosophical analysis of some of the underlying cultural themes and philosophical presuppositions of Western self understanding and contemporary society. Building upon the strengths of critical thinking, systematic reflection, and historical awareness developed at undergraduate level, the programme allows the student to explore thematic concerns of philosophers in the Western tradition from medieval times to the 21st century. The PG Diploma in Philosophy is taken by examination (100% continuous assessment) only.
Candidates applying for the Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy should normally have a BA Honours degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 2 in Philosophy or its equivalent. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
Module themes phenomenology, Nietzsche and his legacy, new politics in the Renaissance, Machiavelli; and reading medieval philosophy.
1 year full-time
In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.
Post Course Info
Philosophy is not a qualification to do a particular job; rather it is a valuable component of general education. The expertise gained in Philosophy is of great value in many different careers. Philosophy is a good preparation for an academic career, for journalism, law, radio and television and the media.