MA Philosophy
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

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.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Dissertation PHIL40030

Stage 1 - Option
Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of PerceptionPHIL40250
Philosophy & LiteraturePHIL40410
Autonomy as a Philosophical ProblemPHIL40840
The Cultural MindPHIL40960
Consciousness, Agency & the SelfPHIL40970
John Henry Newman – a philosophical prespectivePHIL41240
Feminist & Gender TheoryPHIL41280
Topics in Continental PhilosPHIL41320
Philosophy of TimePHIL41330
Ethics in Public LifePHIL41510
Problems from KantPHIL41570
Early Modern Philosophy of Language (TCD)PHIL41590
Critique, Destruction & DeconstructionPHIL41810
Invention of the Modern SelfPHIL41840

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.

- These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MA Philosophy FT (W021)
1 Years
Full Time

MA Philosophy PT (W181)
2 Years
Part Time

* 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. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.


MA Philosophy (W021) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Philosophy (W181) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

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

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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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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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time

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