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Philosophy & Public Affairs

GradDip Philosophy & Public Affairs
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
The Grad Dip 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 & Literature FT
MA Philosophy & Public Affairs FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Helen Kenny
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
The Good Society

Stage 1 - Option
Racism and Anti-Racism
Education and Equality
Disability and Equality
Masculinities, Gender and Equality
Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem
Feminist & Gender Theory
Topics in Continental Philos
Philosophy of Criminal Law
Dealing with Disagreement
Politics of Development
International Political Theory
Comparative Public Policy
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity?
International Political Economy
Ethnicity and Conflict
Comparative European Politics
Governing the Global Economy
Theory of Human Rights
Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
The Global Political Economy of Europe
The Ethics of Immigration and Citizenship


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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