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Philosophy & Literature

MA Philosophy & Literature
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MA in Philosophy and Literature will be useful for any job requiring a subtle understanding of debate and disagreement, or requiring close attention to texts, especially in the cultural sector. 

- Unique combination of philosophy and literature
- Close attention from dissertation supervisor
- Vibrant academic and social community

Entry requirements

Applicants must present an undergraduate degree in either Philosophy or a Literature. If the undergraduate degree is in literature, you should have at least two courses in literary theory, each with a grade of at least B- (60%). An overall grade of B- (60%) in your undergraduate degree (to be confirmed by a transcript); two academic letters of reference; a sample of philosophical or literary-theoretical writing, such as an undergraduate essay.

• 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 - W179 (Masters)
2 Years Part Time - W180 "
1 Year Full Time - W305 (Grad Dip)
2 Years Part Time - W306 "

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
It is very difficult to generalise about the career paths of our MA graduates. A small number continue into PhD programmes both at UCD and abroad. Others have gone into journalism, the civil service, arts management, secondary school teaching, and the corporate world.

Related Programmes
MA Philosophy FT
MA Philosophy & Public Affairs FT
Grad Dip Philosophy & Literature FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Helen Kenny
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8186

Subjects taught

Students have to take the 'flagship' module, 'Philosophy and Literature', co-taught by a philosopher and a literary theorist. In addition, students must take two further modules. Please see website for details.

The other three modules are to be taken from a list of approved modules in other literature schools.

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
Philosophy & Literature

Stage 1 - Option
American Culture
Nineteenth-Century American Writing
Gender and Sexuality in Theory and Representation
Contemporary American Writing
American Lyric: Document and Memoir
L'écriture migrante dans le monde francophone contemporain
German literature and 19th-/20th-century opera: Translation/transformation from page to opera stage
Writing History in Antiquity
Writing World War 1 in Italy
Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception
Philosophy of the Emotions
Feminist & Gender Theory
Topics in Continental Philos
Kant on Aesthetics & Nature
Introduction to Theory
Introduction to Cultural Theory


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.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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

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