On this one-year course you will study different philosophical concepts concerning the mind and consciousness, action and politics, ethics and aesthetics, society and culture, globalism, power, territory, and more. The course offers you a rare chance to study Western as well as Eastern philosophy at postgraduate level.
You will take six modules of your choice. The modules are designed to give you an overview of up-to-date thinking in the area.
In your modules you will study and discuss philosophy and acquire familiarity with relevant concepts and authors. The course will develop your knowledge about the history of philosophy and ideas and help you to improve your skills in writing, critical reading, and in understanding and summarising arguments.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
Why Choose This Course
UCC's Department of Philosophy offers the unique opportunity to study in three distinct philosophical traditions: Asian philosophy, continental philosophy, and analytic philosophy. Our wide-ranging modules help you to acquire a unique comparative philosophical education. Our teaching staff come from Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy and USA. Together we bring different perspectives to bear on our shared philosophical concerns, and create a diverse and energetic environment for study and philosophical research.
In order to be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme in Philosophy, a candidate should normally have at least a Second Class honours, Grade 1, primary degree (or equivalent). Graduates with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Successful applicants must demonstrate evidence of (1) having taken undergraduate or postgraduate modules in philosophy, or courses with philosophical relevance in social theory, social science, cultural theory, politics, psychology, literature or other cognate discipline; and (2) relevant skills in writing and critical thinking (by receiving indicative marks on previous assessments, for example).
If a significant amount of time has passed since the candidate received their undergraduate degree, it may be possible to appeal for entrance based on work or other degree experience. These cases will be considered carefully by the Graduate Studies Committee on a case by case basis.
It is recommended that candidates who are uncertain whether they qualify to consult with the department in advance of submitting an application. All applicants are subject to the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee in Philosophy.
Applicants will be required to answer specific supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
The grade is based on the assessment for modules. Modules are assessed by written essays. There are no final exams.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
CKC14 Full-time, CKC15 Part-time
You will take 6 taught modules, 2 hours of lectures each week.
Postgraduate Diploma (9 months; 2 taught terms) for which Postgraduate Certificate (9 months; 1 taught term) serves as exit point;
PART-TIME - Postgraduate Diploma (18 months; 4 taught terms) for which Postgraduate Certificate (18 months; 2 taught terms) serves as an exit point
Start Date: 7 September 2020
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Skills and Careers Information
This course will help you develop the following skills:
Construction and evaluation of arguments
Design and planning
Research and investigation
Employers in diverse fields value the skills of analysis, creativity and discovery. A Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy can be the starting point for many different career paths.