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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.


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

Stage 1 - Option

Disability and Equality

Masculinities, Gender and Equality

Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem

Living Well: Aristotle's Ethics & Politics

Feminist & Gender Theory

Topics in Continental Philos

Theories of International Relations

Politics of Development

International Political Theory

Comparative Public Policy

International Political Economy

Comparative European Politics

Governing the Global Economy

Theory of Human Rights

The Global Political Economy of Europe

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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