Philosophy - Research

Research students at Maynooth receive professional training in academic research in Philosophy, enabling them to contribute to national and international scholarship and to interdisciplinary co-operation. The Department aims to provide students with the opportunity to work independently under the supervision of members of staff who will provide detailed feedback and advice on the evolving research project.

Entry requirements

Normally be expected to have a Second Class Honours Grade 1 primary degree in Philosophy. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact members of staff to discuss their projected area of research and to identify academic supervisor(s). For non-EU students, IELTS level 6.5 English language ability is required.


MHV02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHV03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHV04 MLitt 2 years Full-time
MHV05 MLitt 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Michael W Dunne
Postgraduate Coordinator: Dr Mette Lebech
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3661 / 3712
Fax: +353 (0)1 708 4525
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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.

Research areas

Research Interests
The Department of Philosophy at Maynooth University research interests include: Medieval and Renaissance philosophy, phenomenology, Philosophy of religion, value theory, ethics, and Ireland's Medieval philosophical heritage.

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.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!