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MA Philosophy
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
You will develop your skills of critical analysis in both speech and writing, precision and clarity in your self-expression and a much more nuanced appreciation of central philosophical questions.

- School considered in the world's top ten for "20th Century Continental Philosophy"
- Two streams to choose from: (i) General; (ii) Contemporary European.
- Students on General stream can take classes in contemporary European philosophy, analytic philosophy and ancient philosophy.

The programme is suitable for those who have studied some philosophy as part of a university BA degree, and who would like the opportunity to continue their studies in a much more focused environment with like-minded peers and with more support from experienced staff.

Our MA in Philosophy programme is aimed at students who wish to deepen their knowledge of philosophy at graduate level. It is also intended to provide a good foundation of graduate work for students who wish to continue to more advanced graduate research. The School of Philosophy encourages our students to be critical philosophical thinkers with the ability to reflect on current philosophical debates, history of philosophical thought and add their own contribution. We aim to provide a learning environment that fosters collegiality and a pluralistic approach to the main areas of philosophy and encourages students to engage critically with questions. As the largest teaching and research centre in philosophy in Ireland, the programme benefits from many world-leading figures in philosophy that give invited seminars and conferences throughout the year. Small group seminars and participation in conferences and workshops are a key element of the programme design. As such, the programme uses key approaches to teaching such as philosophical debates, critical reflections, essays and paper presentations.

Programme Outcomes
Students on European Philosophy Stream: A detailed study of Kant and Post-Kantian philosophy including classical and contemporary work in Transcendental and Existential Phenomenology and Critical theory

An extensive knowledge of library and online sources that facilitate research, including classical and foreign language sources.

An enhanced awareness of how to work with texts, organise a thesis and set out extended philosophical arguments clearly and compellingly.

An awareness of how to present and defend philosophical papers in seminars, workshops, conferences and other fora.

An awareness of how to compose and structure philosophical writing for peer reviewed journals, book collections and monographs

A knowledge of how to write research proposals and attain funding from national and international organisations

A grasp of how to pursue a career in academic life and the acquiring of transferable skills in research and organisation

An enhanced awareness of the relevance of philosophy to other academic disciplines and to personal, professional and political life.

A deepened appreciation of the significance and value of ideas in and for internationalisation and globalization

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for students with a primary degree in Philosophy, or in another degree that has significant philosophical components; an upper second class honours, or international equivalent is required.

• Candidates with an upper second class honours in a postgraduate conversion course such as a Higher Diploma in Philosophy may be considered.

• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Philosophy graduates work in diverse fields including business, public-sector management, marketing and advertising, media and broadcasting, recruitment and human resources.

Graduates of UCD School of Philosophy have continued to have successful academic careers in Ireland, UK and the US. Others are prominent playwrights, journalists, human-rights activists, broadcasters, film-makers and musicians.

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Further enquiries

Contact Name: Margaret Brady
Contact Number:+353 (0)1716 8186

Subjects taught

About a dozen modules are offered in any one academic year, and students of the MA in Philosophy must complete six of them, comprising 60 credits. There are some restrictions on module choice, depending on which stream you are enrolled in; in the General stream, any six can be chosen.

While it is recommended that full-time students take three modules in each semester, it is up to the student. Students must then complete the dissertation by the end of August, and this will be worth 30 credits.

Stage 1 - Core

Stage 1 - Option

Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception

Philosophy & Literature

Philosophy of the Emotions

Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem

Consciousness, Agency & the Self

Living Well: Aristotle's Ethics & Politics

Phenomenology: Selected Rdgs

John Henry Newman – a philosophical prespective

Feminist & Gender Theory

Topics in Continental Philos

Personal Identity in Early Modern Philosophy

Philosophy of Hedonism & Death

Heidegger: On Truth and Justice

Critiquing Scientific Inferenc

The Myth of the Given

Application date

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

MA Philosophy FT (W021)

Duration 1 Years

Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling *

MA Philosophy PT (W181)

Duration 2 Years

Attendance Part Time

Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

MA Philosophy (W021) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7055
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MA Philosophy (W181) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4590
nonEU fee per year - € 9600

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2019/2020 September

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