Trinity College Dublin


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.

Subjects taught

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 in of 31 August.

Taught modules may change
from one year to the next depending on staff availability. The following modules were offered in 2021/22:
Introduction to Philosophical Research Contemporary Analytical Philosophy Modern European Philosophy Metaphysics
Ancient Philosophy Ethics
• Introduction to Philosophical Research
• The Development of Analytic Philosophy
• Modern European Philosophy
• Metaphysics
• Ancient Philosophy
• Ethics
• Dissertation

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.

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st July 2023


1 Year Full Time/ 2 Years Part Time

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Career Opportunities
Philosophy graduates find that their ability to be analytical, to question assumptions and to be innovative thinkers opens up a range of opportunities in fields as varied as teaching, journalism, media, advertising, law, finance and technology. This MPhil is also particularly relevant for students who are interested in pursuing further philosophical research.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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