Philosophy Politics & Economics

This M.A. brings together at a postgraduate level some of the most important approaches in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in order to obtain the necessary abilities and understanding to deal with the challenges of globalisation and a globalised economy, democracy and becoming a responsible citizen, by addressing the intrinsic relationships between these subjects. Modules from the Department of Law will also be used, where suitable, to enable the students on an interdisciplinary level to engage with the practical political, social, and economic challenges faced by society today.

Entry requirements

Overall Grade 2.2 (or equivalent) in BA Honours degree in PPE, Economics, Philosophy, Politics or a related subject.

A background in Economics is highly recommended. IELTS level 6.5 ability in English language required.


MHV64 - 1 year Full-Time
MHV65 - 2 years Part-Time

Careers or further progression

Graduates in PPE most commonly chose a career in finance, politics, journalism, law, industry, teaching, social work, accountancy, business management, management consultancy, advertising and the many branches of the public services, including the civil and diplomatic services and local government.

Further enquiries

Programme Directors:
Michael Dunne,
Mary Corcoran,
Rowena Pecchenino

Programme Coordinator and Admissions:
Susan Gottlöber
Phone: +353 1 708 3661
Fax: +353 1 708 4525
Email: or
Address: Department of Philosophy Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Candidates take six modules and write a dissertation of 15,000- 20,000 words. The 90 credits for the MA will be made up of 60 credits awarded for taught modules and 30 credits for the dissertation. Candidates are required to take the core module PH636, at least one taught module in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and either EC690 (dissertation in Economics) or PH699 (dissertation in Philosophy) or SO690 (Thesis in Politics).


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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