Medieval & Renaissance Philosophy

The MA offers students the opportunity to explore Western philosophical thought from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It should appeal both to those who want an overview of the foundations of modern European thought, and to those with more specialized interests in Medieval and Renaissance studies, philosophy, or the history of ideas.

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.


MHV58: 1 year Full-time
MHV59: 2 year Part-time

Careers or further progression

In addition to the preparation of a research degree and further study towards an academic career, the skills the programme fosters (analytic skills, critical thinking, systematic research, clear argumentation, lucid writing) are indispensable for 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
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Subjects taught

Course Structure
Module themes include the early philosophy of Edith Stein; nietzsche and his legacy; reading medieval philosophy; the ethics of war and conflict and Irish philosophers and philosophy:historical approaches and modern reception; and new politics of the Renaissance: Machiavelli,


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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