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. The courses are open to any student who satisfies the entry requirements: a third-level qualification in any subject or combination.

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 BA Philosophy programme.

For the HDip the programme of study will extend over a two-year 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 BA Philosophy programme and students will be required to write a 5000 word dissertation. The topic of the dissertation will be chosen by the student from any area of philosophy and must be approved by the by the BA dissertation co-ordinator.

Entry requirements

A third level qualification in any subject or combination. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score

• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585

• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95

• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850


MHV52 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

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. Philosophy graduates are valued for their quick intelligence, their ability to reason clearly and independently and their ability to take an overview on the problem or situation confronting them.

Further enquiries

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 /


Address Department of Philosophy, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

The programme will involve 8 hours of lectures and one tutorial per week in year one and seven hours of lectures and one tutorial hour per week in year two.



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.

Closing Date : 30 June 2020

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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