Philosophy - Contemporary European Philosophy

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

For students interested in Contemporary European philosophy (also known as "Continental" philosophy), University College Dublin is reckoned to be one of the top universities in the English speaking world (see The Philosophical Gourmet report).

The ever-popular MA in Contemporary European Philosophy Programme draws on the three main specialisations of the relevant faculty. These are German Idealism and Post-Kantian Philosophy, Phenomenology and Critical Theory. Topics treated in the modules include transcendental and absolute idealism and subjectivity, intentionality and being in the world, embodiment and otherness, critique of ideology, autonomy and recognition and feminism and gender theory.

Programme Outcomes
On successful completion of the programme graduates will:
1. Have an understanding of the central ideas and key texts in contemporary European Philosophy including twentieth century phenomenology and/or critical theory;

2. Have developed their own arguments and ideas with respect to these questions and approaches;

3. Have the capacity to read and interpret difficult philosophical texts;

4. Have the capacity to communicate clear lines of argument precisely and succinctly.

Subjects taught

Core Modules:
PHIL40030 Dissertation

Choose 4 from the list of Core Modules below:
PHIL40840 Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem
PHIL40420 The Good Society
PHIL41280 Feminism and Gender Theory
PHIL40250 Merleau-Ponty's Phenomonology
PHIL41320 Topics in Continental Philosophy
PHIL41470 Levinas: the Ethics of the Other

Option Modules:
Choose 2 from the list of Option Modules below:
PHIL41510 Ethics: Theory and Practice
PHIL41000 Aristotle's Ethics and Politics
PHIL40430 Philosophy of the Emotions
PHIL40960 The Cultural Mind
PHIL41500 Buddhist Ethics
PHIL41240 Newman: A Philosophical Perspective
PHIL41410 Personal Identity in Early Modern Philosphy
PHIL40970 Consciousness, Agency and the Self
PHIL40410 Philosophy and Literature

Entry requirements

Applicants must have at least a 2.1 (GPA of 3.08 or above) or international equivalent in an undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) that involves a significant amount of philosophy.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MA Contemporary European Philosophy FT (W456)

MA Contemporary European Philosophy PT (W457)

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No




1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.


MA Contemporary European Philosophy (W456) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Contemporary European Philosophy (W457) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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