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Philosophy & Public Affairs

MA Philosophy & Public Affairs

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MA in Philosophy and Public Affairs is especially designed for those people with an interest in public policy debates, e.g. in journalism, the civil service, public policy research institutes, etc.. At the same time, it will be useful for any job requiring a subtle understanding of debate and disagreement, or requiring close attention to texts. 

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

Entry requirements

Applicants need at least four philosophy courses as part of an undergraduate degree (to be confirmed by a transcript); an overall mark of B - (60%) in your undergraduate degree (to be confirmed by a transcript); two academic letters of reference and a sample of philosophical 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.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

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, secondary school teaching, NGOs, think tanks and the corporate world.

Related Programmes
MA Philosophy & Public Affairs FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Margaret Brady
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 8186

Subjects taught

Students have to take the 'flagship' module, 'The Good Society', taught by a philosopher and a social scientist. In addition, students must take two further modules from the following three:
(i) 'Law, Liberty and the State',
(ii) 'Critical Theory',
(iii) 'Religion and Society'.

The other three modules are to be taken from a list of approved modules in other social science 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
Dissertation
PHIL40030

Stage 1 - Option

Disability and Equality
EQUL40200

Masculinities, Gender and Equality
EQUL40310

Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem
PHIL40840

Living Well: Aristotle's Ethics & Politics
PHIL41000

Feminist & Gender Theory
PHIL41280

Topics in Continental Philos
PHIL41320

Theories of International Relations
POL40050

Politics of Development
POL40100

International Political Theory
POL40140

Comparative Public Policy
POL40160

International Political Economy
POL40370

Comparative European Politics
POL40540

Governing the Global Economy
POL40820

Theory of Human Rights
POL41030

The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41650

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 & Public Affairs FT (W182) Duration 1 Years Attendance Full Time Deadline Rolling *

MA Philosophy & Public Affairs PT (W183) 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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