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On this one-year course you will study different philosophical concepts concerning the mind and consciousness, action and politics, ethics and aesthetics, society and culture, globalism, power, territory, and more. The course offers you a rare chance to study Western as well as Eastern philosophy at postgraduate level.

Unique Aspects of the Course
UCC’s Department of Philosophy offers the unique opportunity to study in three distinct philosophical traditions: Asian philosophy, continental philosophy, and analytic philosophy. Our wide-ranging modules help you to acquire a unique comparative philosophical education. Our teaching staff come from Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy and USA. Together we bring different perspectives to bear on our shared philosophical concerns, and create a diverse and energetic environment for study and philosophical research.

Entry requirements

You must normally have at least a 2.2, honours Primary degree (or equivalent).

In order to be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme in Philosophy, a candidate should normally have at least a Second Class honours, Grade II, Primary degree (or equivalent). Successful applicants must demonstrate evidence of having taken undergraduate or postgraduate modules in philosophy, or courses with philosophical relevance in social theory, cultural theory, politics, psychology, literature or other cognate discipline.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please (click on course webpage below and see under "Detailed Entry Requirements") to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


Full-time 1 year
Part-time 2 years by day (part-time option open to EU applicants only).
CKC14 Full-time, CKC15 Part-time

You will take 6 taught modules, 2 hours of lectures each week.

Postgraduate Diploma (9 months; 2 taught terms) for which Postgraduate Certificate (9 months; 1 taught term) serves as exit point;

PART-TIME - Postgraduate Diploma (18 months; 4 taught terms) for which Postgraduate Certificate (18 months; 2 taught terms) serves as an exit point.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
This course will help you develop the following skills:
• Critical thinking
• Professional writing
• Construction and evaluation of arguments
• Communication skills
• Information management
• Design and planning
• Research and investigation
Employers in diverse fields value the skills of analysis, creativity and discovery. A Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy can be the starting point for many different career paths.

Further enquiries

Dr. Alessandro Salice
Graduate Studies Director
T: + 353 (0)21 490 3871

Subjects taught

You will take six modules of your choice. The modules are designed to give you an overview of up-to-date thinking in the area.

In your modules you will study and discuss philosophy and acquire familiarity with relevant concepts and authors. The course will develop your knowledge about the history of philosophy and ideas and help you to improve your skills in writing, critical reading, and in understanding and summarising arguments.

Further details on the content and modules are available in the Postgraduate College Calendar.


Who Teaches This Course
Professor Graham Parkes
Dr Vittorio Bufacchi
Dr Julia Jansen
Dr H.-G. Moeller
Dr Alfred Moore
Dr Cara Nine
Dr Lilian O’Brien
Dr Joel Walmsley

Assessment method

The grade is based on the assessment for modules. Modules are assessed by written essays. There are no final exams.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €4,000 full-time; €2,000 per year part-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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