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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

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

Vision and Values Statement
Our MA in Philosophy and Literature programme is aimed at students who wish to deepen their knowledge of the core areas of philosophy and literature 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. It aims to provide an integration of literary theory and text-based work with the philosophical implications of the area. 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
Detailed studies of these complementary disciplines (philosophy and literature) and of literary theory through a programme delivered with the Schools of English and Modern European Languages.

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 globalisation

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 "

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Margaret Brady
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
Gender and Sexuality in Theory and Representation

Contemporary US Genre Fiction: Intersection, Disruption, Protest

American Lyric: Document and Memoir

L'écriture migrante dans le monde francophone contemporain

Translation Studies: Theoretical Approaches

German literature and 19th-/20th-century opera: Translation/transformation from page to opera stage

Vienna 1900

Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception

Philosophy of the Emotions

Feminist & Gender Theory

Topics in Continental Philos

E. Levinas: From the Truth of

Introduction to Cultural Theory

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Philosophy & Literature FT (W179)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

MA Philosophy & Literature PT (W180)
2 Years

Part Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

MA Philosophy & Literature (W179) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7055
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MA Philosophy & Literature (W180) 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.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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