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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.

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.

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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