1. Introduction: The aim of this Masters course is to provide a foundation for advanced philosophical research.

2. Admission Requirements: Candidates will be in possession of a 2.1 degree or equivalent in philosophy. Applicants with a background in relevant and related studies will also be considered (for example politics, psychology, sociology, religious studies – courses which contain a significant philosophical component).

3. Course structure: The course incorporates both taught and research components. Students take six mandatory taught modules (10 ECTS each) and write a 15,000 word dissertation (30 ECTS). Dissertation will be submitted over the summer with the deadline of 31 August. Taught modules may change from one year to the next depending on staff availability.

The Trinity M.Phil. in Philosophy offers the foundation for advanced research in philosophy. Students are given in-depth courses in philosophical methodology, core areas of contemporary philosophy, the Anglo-American and Modern European traditions and the application of contemporary scholarship to key historical figures. Students will also write a dissertation on a topic of their choice in consultation with the course director and their supervisor.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements:

An undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in philosophy is the normal requirement, but applicants who can demonstrate a strong philosophy component in their degree in a different discipline will be considered on a case by case basis.

To qualify for the award of the Masters degree, students must

i. achieve an overall pass mark which is the credit-weighted average mark for all taught modules taken, and

ii. achieve a pass mark in all modules, and

iii. achieve a pass mark in the research dissertation, and

iv. pass taught modules amounting to 60 credits.

v. Students failing to pass taught modules may re-submit required work within the duration of the course as provided for in the course regulations.

vi. Students who, following the re-assessment, have failed to pass taught modules will be deemed to have failed overall, and may apply to repeat the course.

vii. Students who have passed taught modules, but who do not achieve a pass mark in the research dissertation, will be deemed to have failed overall. Such students may apply to repeat the year or may be awarded the associated Postgraduate Diploma.

viii. Students who have passed taught modules according to the above, but who do not choose to complete the dissertation, may be awarded the associated Postgraduate Diploma.

ix. Students can qualify for the award of Masters with Distinction in line with Calendar part 3 regulations. A distinction shall require at least 70% in the research dissertation and at least 70% in the final aggregated mark of the taught modules.

x. The final mark is based on a credit-weighted average of the mark awarded in each module.

Assessment Info

The pass mark for all submitted and examined work is 40%. There is no compensation between modules and within modules where there is more than one assignment component. A failed essay can be re-submitted once within a month after the date of result publication.

Subjects taught

Introduction to Philosophical Research
Contemporary Analytical Philosophy
Modern European Philosophy
Ancient Philosophy


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2020

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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