Philosophy & Literature

GradDip Philosophy & Literature
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

The Grad Dip in Philosophy and Literature is designed to offer graduates of either philosophy or literature (English and other literatures) the opportunity to study the many areas of overlap between the disciplines.

- Unique combination of philosophy and literature
- Close attention from dissertation supervisor
- Vibrant academic and social community

Subjects taught

Students have to take the 'flagship' module, 'Philosophy and Literature', co-taught by a philosopher and a literary theorist. In addition, students must take two further modules: (i) 'Philosophy of the Emotions', (ii) 'Merleau-Ponty'.

The other three modules are to be taken from a list of approved modules in other literature schools.

While it is recommended that full-time students take three modules in each semester, it is up to the student. Students must then complete the dissertation by the end of August, and this will be worth 30 credits.

Stage 1 - Core
Philosophy & Literature PHIL40410

Stage 1 - Option
Digital MethodsEDF40060
Joyce, UlyssesENG41640
Expressions of ModernityENG41650
Energy, Modernity, CultureENG42150
The Plays of EuripidesGRC40290
Exploring New WorldsGRC40330
Creative ApproachesHUM40040
Arts and Events ProgrammingHUM40050
The Narrative ArtIRFL40170
Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of PerceptionPHIL40250
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
Critique, Destruction & DeconstructionPHIL41810
Invention of the Modern SelfPHIL41840
Introduction to Cultural TheorySLL40230
Historical Memory in SpainSPAN40360

Entry requirements

You will need:
- An undergraduate degree in either Philosophy or a Literature.

- If the undergraduate degree is in literature, you should have at least two courses in literary theory, each with a grade of at least B- (60%).

- An overall grade of B- (60%) in your undergraduate degree (to be confirmed by a transcript);

- Two academic letters of reference;

- A sample of philosophical or literary-theoretical writing, such as an undergraduate essay.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Philosophy & Literature FT (W305)
1 Years
Full Time

Grad Dip Philosophy & Literature PT (W306)
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.


GradDip Philosophy & Literature (W305) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 5855
nonEU fee per year - € 13270

GradDip Philosophy & Literature (W306) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 3775
nonEU fee per year - € 6635

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
It is very difficult to generalise about the career paths of our MA graduates. A small number continue into PhD programmes both at UCD and abroad. Others have gone into journalism, the civil service, arts management, secondary school teaching, and the corporate world.

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    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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