Philosophy - Modern & Contemporary Philosophy

This MA carries out a serious philosophical analysis of some of the underlying cultural themes and philosophical presuppositions of contemporary society. It relates discourses and developments in modern and contemporary philosophy to current debates regarding (but not restricted to) the challenges of globalisation, postsecular societies the relationship between the individual and society, as well as to their philosophical foundations.

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.


MHV62 1 year Full-time
MHV63 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

In addition to an excellent preparation for a PhD or further research, students will gain the transferable skills in critical questioning, systematic research, argumentation and writing, beneficial to a wide variety of private and public sector careers.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Michael W Dunne
Postgraduate Coordinator Dr Mette Lebech
Tel: +353 (0)17083661 / 3718
Fax: +353 (0)17084525
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Subjects taught

Course Structure
Module themes include methods in phenomenology, early philosophy of Edith Stein, Nietzsche and his legacy, human rights and globalisation; and culture and religion:a critical reading of Charles Taylor's sources of the self.


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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