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Contemporary European Philosophy

MA Contemporary European Philosophy

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

For students interested in Contemporary European philosophy (also known as "Continental" philosophy), University College Dublin is reckoned to be one of the top universities in the English speaking world (see The Philosophical Gourmet report).

The ever-popular MA in Contemporary European Philosophy Programme draws on the three main specialisations of the relevant faculty. These are German Idealism and Post-Kantian Philosophy, Phenomenology and Critical Theory. Topics treated in the modules include transcendental and absolute idealism and subjectivity, intentionality and being in the world, embodiment and otherness, critique of ideology, autonomy and recognition and feminism and gender theory.

Curricular information is subject to change.

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

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme graduates will:

1.Have an understanding of the central ideas and key texts in contemporary European Philosophy including twentieth century phenomenology and/or critical theory;

2.Have developed their own arguments and ideas with respect to these questions and approaches;

3.Have the capacity to read and interpret difficult philosophical texts;

4.Have the capacity to communicate clear lines of argument precisely and succinctly.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have at least a 2.1 (GPA of 3.08 or above) or international equivalent in an undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) that involves a significant amount of philosophy.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Contact Name: Gillian Johnston

Contact Number:+353 1 716 8186

Subjects taught

Core Modules:

PHIL40030 Dissertation

Choose 4 from the list of Core Modules below:

PHIL40840 Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem

PHIL40420 The Good Society

PHIL41280 Feminism and Gender Theory

PHIL40250 Merleau-Ponty's Phenomonology

PHIL41320 Topics in Continental Philosophy

PHIL41470 Levinas: the Ethics of the Other

Option Modules:

Choose 2 from the list of Option Modules below:

PHIL41510 Ethics: Theory and Practice

PHIL41000 Aristotle's Ethics and Politics

PHIL40430 Philosophy of the Emotions

PHIL40960 The Cultural Mind

PHIL41500 Buddhist Ethics

PHIL41240 Newman: A Philosophical Perspective

PHIL41410 Personal Identity in Early Modern Philosphy

PHIL40970 Consciousness, Agency and the Self

PHIL40410 Philosophy and Literature

Application date

How to apply?

The following entry routes are available:

MA Contemporary European Philosophy FT (W456)


1 Year


Full Time


Rolling *

MA Contemporary European Philosophy PT (W457)


2 Years


Part Time


Rolling *

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

Course fee

MA Contemporary European Philosophy (W456) Full Time

EU fee per year - € 7315

nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Contemporary European Philosophy (W457) Part Time

EU fee per year - € 4760

nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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