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GradDip Philosophy

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

You will develop your skills of critical analysis in both speech and writing, precision and clarity in your self-expression and a much more nuanced appreciation of central philosophical questions.

- School considered in the world's top ten for "20th Century Continental Philosophy"

- Two streams to choose from: (i) General; (ii) Contemporary European.

- Students on General stream can take classes in contemporary European philosophy, analytic philosophy and ancient philosophy

Vision & Values Statement

Our Graduate Diploma in Philosophy programme is aimed at students who wish to deepen their knowledge of philosophy at graduate level. It provides a pathway to enter the associated MA programme. 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

-Students on European Philosophy Stream: A detailed study of Kant and Post-Kantian philosophy including classical and contemporary work in Transcendental and Existential Phenomenology and Critical theory

- 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.

-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

This programme is intended for students with a primary degree in Philosophy, or in another degree that has significant philosophical components; an upper second class honours, or international equivalent is required.

• Candidates with an upper second class honours in a postgraduate conversion course such as a Higher Diploma in Philosophy may be considered.

• 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.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

Philosophy graduates work in diverse fields including business, public-sector management, marketing and advertising, media and broadcasting, recruitment and human resources.

Graduates of UCD School of Philosophy have continued to have successful academic careers in Ireland, UK and the US. Others are prominent playwrights, journalists, human-rights activists, broadcasters, film-makers and musicians.

Related Programmes

MA Philosophy FT

MA Philosophy & Literature FT

MA Philosophy & Public Affairs FT

MA Consciousness & Embodiment FT

MSc Cognitive Science FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Margaret Brady

Contact Number:+353 (0)1716 8186

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option

Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception


Philosophy & Literature


Philosophy of the Emotions


Consciousness, Agency & the Self


Living Well: Aristotle's Ethics & Politics


John Henry Newman – a philosophical prespective


Feminist & Gender Theory


Topics in Continental Philos


Fictional Characters



Who should apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The programme is suitable for those who have studied some philosophy as part of a university BA degree, and who would like the opportunity to continue their studies in a much more focused environment with like-minded peers and with more support from experienced staff.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Philosophy (W226)

Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

GradDip Philosophy (W226) Full Time

EU fee per year - € 5855

nonEU fee per year - € 13270

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

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