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Philosophy & Literature

GradDip Philosophy & Literature
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
The Grad Dip in Philosophy and Literature is designed to offer graduates of either philosophy or literature (English and other literatures) the opportunity to study the many areas of overlap between the disciplines. 

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

Entry requirements

You will need:
- 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.

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, arts management, secondary school teaching, and the corporate world.

Related Programmes
MA Philosophy & Literature FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Helen Kenny
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: (i) 'Philosophy of the Emotions',
(ii) 'Merleau-Ponty'.

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
American Culture
Nineteenth-Century American Writing
Gender and Sexuality in Theory and Representation
Contemporary American Writing
American Lyric: Document and Memoir
L'écriture migrante dans le monde francophone contemporain
German literature and 19th-/20th-century opera: Translation/transformation from page to opera stage
Writing History in Antiquity
Writing World War 1 in Italy
Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception
Philosophy of the Emotions
Feminist & Gender Theory
Topics in Continental Philos
Kant on Aesthetics & Nature
Introduction to Theory
Introduction to Cultural Theory


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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

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