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Philosophy of Art & Culture - Structured

This is an exciting new inter-institutional structured PhD programme, developed collaboratively by the Philosophy departments at NUI Galway and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, with the Department of History at the University of Limerick. By blending expertise from the three partner institutions, this programme seeks to explore the philosophy of art and culture in an intellectually enriched setting, combining Analytic and Continental Philosophy. The programme will also act as more general focus for research by providing a hub of activity with true interdisciplinary significance.

The Objectives of the Programme are:

•To initiate students into, and consolidate their knowledge of, theories and methodologies that are basic to research in all aspects of philosophy of art and culture;

•To develop the student’s capacity to pursue research independently and in collaboration with others and in broader networks of international research contacts

•To encourage students to formulate their work in such a way as to be presentable at conferences and colloquia at both the national and international level;

•To enable students to teach and develop their research to international standards through specialist disciplinary education;

•To provide students with a strong foundation in theoretical and methodological principles;

•To develop students’ skills as active researchers, as well as enable them to engage with their peers through research networks and collaborative research

Entry requirements

Candidates with an upper second level (2.1) primary degree in Philosophy, or with a similar award from a cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution, will normally be considered. Acceptance will be subject to interview and/or a sample of written work. Acceptance is entirely at the discretion of the Programme Board. Candidates should be proficient in the use of English for academic purposes.


4 years

Further enquiries

For further information about the course, please contact: Niall Keane. or Phone (061) 204579

Subjects taught

Modules on Offer in the taught part of the programme will include:*

•Philosophy and the Subject: From the Modern to the Post-Modern (Mary Immaculate College)
•Phenomenology of Art and Culture (NUI Galway)
•Modernity and Knowledge (NUI Galway)
•History and Philosophy of Pictorial Space (NUI Galway)
•Research Methodology (Mary Immaculate College)
•Art and Cultures of Display (University of Limerick)
•The Look of the Past (University of Limerick)
•Introduction to Hermeneutics (Mary Immaculate College)
•Literary Aesthetics (Mary Immaculate College)
•Conference Presentation (Mary Immaculate College/NUI Galway)

The programme will be offered on an inter-institutional basis across the three partner Institutions.

•Students will therefore be required to register at either NUI Galway or Mary Immaculate College, but will, under the guidance of their supervisors, will take a number of core modules in each of the participating institutions, and will choose from a number of other modules on offer.

•There may be an element of Distance Education, depending on which modules individual students select for their own needs.

•A number of Assistantships will be available for applicants on a competitive basis.

Application date

Applications for 2017 are currently being accepted.

If you are thinking about applying to a postgraduate research programme at MIC, please email and a member of the Research and Graduate School will get back to you. If you are interested in a taught Master’s programme, please contact the relevant Course Coordinator.

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