The Diploma relates discourses and developments in the history in Western philosophy up to the 21st century. It thus aims at carrying out a serious philosophical analysis of some of the underlying cultural themes and philosophical presuppositions of Western self understanding and contemporary society. It does not include a minor thesis.

Entry requirements

Normally a BA Honours degree with a minimum 2.2 grade result. IELTS level 6.5 ability in English language required.


MHV56 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Philosophy is not a qualification to do a particular job; rather it is a valuable component of general education. The expertise gained in Philosophy is of great value in many different careers. Philosophy is a good preparation for an academic career, for journalism, law, radio and television and the media.

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 phenomenology, Nietzsche and his legacy, new politics in the Renaissance, Machiavelli; 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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