Higher Diploma in Philosophy
The Diploma and the Higher Diploma in Philosophy are part-time postgraduate programmes in Philosophy and provide students who already possess a third level qualification with a qualification in Philosophy. For the Diploma, the programme of study will extend over one year and its modules are drawn from the first and second year of the B.A. Philosophy programme. For the H.Dip. the programme of study will extend over a twoyear period and students will be required to achieve a pass on the first year's courses before being admitted to the second year. The modules for the second year of the Higher Diploma in Philosophy are drawn from the third year of the B.A. Philosophy programme.

Entry requirements

Normally level 8, honours Bachelor's degree is required. IELTS level 6.5 ability in English language is also required.


MHV52 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

The transferable skills including writing, critical thinking and presentation skills that are developed as a result of the study of philosophy are beneficial to a wide variety of careers.

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
E-mail: /

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Module themes include theories of knowledge: extended essay assignment; philosophy of God: reason, science and religion; logical reasoning and critical thinking.


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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