Values & Knowledge

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The relation between values and knowledge is a central concern for any society. At present, it is widely assumed that the pursuit of knowledge is valuable only to the degree that it has measurable practical benefits as an outcome. Our MA programme offers a context for detailed consideration of this assumption. We identify and question the issues involved in it at deeper levels of analysis than are available through ordinary discussion.

This high level of critical scrutiny is made possible through the programme's broad philosophical perspective—engaging with questions arising in other disciplines also. More specifically, our programme provides an in-depth study of different forms of value in terms of both their cognitive basis and their relation to other areas of knowledge and activity. We also consider the way in which knowledge has been defined and theorized since the Enlightenment. The programme combines historical perspectives and contemporary critical debates so as to provide a set of analytic and argumentative skills that are advantageous for further work in philosophy or for competing in the job market. Detailed course descriptions and module titles are on our course website.


1. Skills developed during this course are highly transferable in the areas of critical thinking, selfdirected learning, and written and oral communication.

2. Graduates may find employment in education, research, public service, consultancy, administration and cultural organisations.

3. The MA programme is an excellent stepping stone towards a PhD in a range of humanities and social science subjects.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Applicants should have or expect to obtain a grade of an overall Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (H2:2) or higher, with a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (H2:1) in Philosophy in their first degree. Applications are welcome from students whose primary degree is in philosophy or a cognate subject.


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

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Career Opportunities
Graduates with this qualification will be eligible for doctoral research and careers in the public and social services, NGOs and journalism.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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