UCD Philosophy was ranked among the top 100 departments of Philosophy worldwide according to the recent QS World Rankings survey (2017).
This page describes the opportunities for studying a PhD research degree at the School of Philosophy of University College Dublin. The School has 15 full-time, permanent faculty (academic staff), offering a wide variety of expertise, including analytic philosophy, contemporary European traditions, as well as the history of philosophy. For details of the research interests and accomplishments of individual staff members, please see the Staff pages.
There is a vibrant graduate student community of roughly 25 MA students and 25 PhD students in any given year: see here for a list of current research students, with their research topics. There are close links with the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). The School are also home to the International Journal of Philosophical Studies and the international postgraduate philosophy journal Perspectives.
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The structure of the PhD
The PhD typically lasts four years full-time study. In their first year, students are required to successfully complete any four modules from those on offer in that year. See the Graduate Modules of the current year -- most of the modules are similar from year to year. In addition, UCD students may take one or two of their four modules at Trinity College. The UCD graduate modules are designed primarily for MA students, but doctoral students will be assessed more strictly.
After the four modules, the student has to write a dissertation of approximately 80,000 words, under the guidance of a supervisor (one of the permanent members of staff), and with the support of a doctoral panel (two other members of staff). There is also the option to finish earlier by writing an MLitt dissertation, which is half the length, and does not have such stringent requirements of originality.