This MA aims at carrying out a philosophical analysis of some of the underlying cultural themes and philosophical presuppositions of Western self understanding and contemporary society and allows the student to explore thematic concerns of philosophers in the Western tradition from medieval times to the 21st century.

Entry requirements

Overall Grade 2.2 (or equivalent) in BA Honours degree in Philosophy or a related subject. IELTS level 6.5 ability in English language required.


MHV50 1 year Full-time
MHV51 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Philosophy is a good preparation for an academic career and for careers in journalism, law, radio, television and the media in general, and politics. Increasingly, philosophy graduates are being hired by large corporations, e.g. in roles such as management consultancy, as people who can approach problems from a new perspective.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Michael W Dunne
Postgraduate Coordinator Dr Mette Lebech
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3661 / 3718
Fax: +353 (0)1 708 4525
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Subjects taught

Course Structure
Module themes include Irish philosophers and philosophy:historical approaches and modern reception; philosophical seminars; Nietzsche and his legacy, new politics in the Renaissance, and reading medieval philosophy.


The Philosophy Department's particular strengths in the history of Philosophy and its expertise in the hermeneutical and phenomenological traditions provide an excellent supportive environment for postgraduate student research in Philosophy. Most philosophical traditions and themes are present in the curriculum including: Medieval, Renaissance, Modern, and Contemporary Continental approaches.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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