1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
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1. Introduction: The aim of this Masters course is to provide a foundation for advanced philosophical research.
2. Admission Requirements: Candidates will be in possession of a 2.1 degree or equivalent in philosophy. Applicants with a background in relevant and related
studies will also be considered (for example politics, psychology, sociology, religious studies – courses which contain a significant philosophical component).
3. Course structure: The course incorporates both taught and research components. Students take six mandatory taught modules (10 ECTS each) and
write a 15,000 word dissertation (30 ECTS). Dissertation will be submitted over the summer with the deadline of 31 August. Taught modules may change from
one year to the next depending on staff availability. The following modules will be offered in 2016/17:
Introduction to Philosophical Research
Contemporary Analytical Philosophy
Modern European Philosophy
The pass mark for all submitted and examined work is 40%. There is no compensation between modules and within modules where there is more than one
assignment component. A failed essay can be re-submitted once within a month after the date of result publication.
To qualify for the award of the Masters degree, students must
i. achieve an overall pass mark which is the credit-weighted average mark for all taught modules taken, and
ii. achieve a pass mark in all modules, and
iii. achieve a pass mark in the research dissertation, and
iv. pass taught modules amounting to 60 credits.
v. Students failing to pass taught modules may re-submit required work within the duration of the course as provided for in the course regulations.
vi. Students who, following the re-assessment, have failed to pass taught modules will be deemed to have failed overall, and may apply to
repeat the course.
vii. Students who have passed taught modules, but who do not achieve a pass mark in the research dissertation, will be deemed to have failed
overall. Such students may apply to repeat the year or may be awarded the associated Postgraduate Diploma.
viii. (viii) Students who have passed taught modules according to the above, but who do not choose to complete the dissertation, may be awarded the associated Postgraduate Diploma.
ix. Students can qualify for the award of Masters with Distinction in line with Calendar part 3 regulations. A distinction shall require at least
70% in the research dissertation and at least 70% in the final aggregated mark of the taught modules.
x. The final mark is based on a credit-weighted average of the mark awarded in each module.
The Trinity M.Phil. in Philosophy offers the foundation for advanced research in
philosophy. Students are given in-depth courses in philosophical methodology,
core areas of contemporary philosophy, the Anglo-American and Modern
European traditions and the application of contemporary scholarship to key
historical figures. Students will also write a dissertation on a topic of their choice
in consultation with the course director and their supervisor.
An undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in philosophy is the
normal requirement, but applicants who can demonstrate a strong philosophy
component in their degree in a different discipline will be considered on a case
by case basis.
Course Options1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Professor Paul O’Grady
Professor James Miller
Closing Date30 June 2018
Professor Paul O’Grady