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MPhil in Philosophy

This one-year full time course, incorporating both taught and research components, provides the foundation for advanced research in philosophy.

What is the MPhil in Philosophy?

The MPhil in Philosophy is a broad and intellectually challenging postgraduate course for students with a background in philosophy or related disciplines with a strong philosophy component.

The wide-ranging curriculum is designed to enable students to understand what is distinctive about philosophical methodology, to critically engage with contemporary debates in the core systematic areas of philosophy and to combine modern historical scholarship with a rigorous contemporary philosophical approach.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2019. Applications are considered on a rolling basis (ie 'first come first served'), so early application is recommended.

Course Structure

Small class sizes facilitate interactive seminar-style teaching and there is an emphasis on regular and intensive contact between students and their lecturers. Students take six taught modules which work together to form an integrated foundation for cutting-edge contemporary philosophical research. Students also write a dissertation, which is the crux of the MPhil programme, receiving one-to-one supervisory support from an academic supervisor in the student’s chosen field. View course structure section for more details.

Is it for me?

The MPhil is particularly relevant for students who are interested in pursuing further philosophical research.  The programme focuses on developing the key skills required to undertake research in philosophy with students being exposed to a broad range of philosophical research expertise and guided through the process of developing a research idea and presenting their findings.

Students also learn invaluable writing, communication, analytical and critical thinking skills - transferrable skills which can be applied to further postgraduate study as well as a wide range of careers.

What are the admission requirements?

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 (for example politics, psychology, sociology or religious studies) will be considered on a case by case basis. GPAs of at least 3.2 out of 4, or equivalent, will be expected from international applicants.

Please visit the Graduate Studies website for additional details regarding admissions requirements.

How to Apply

Applicants to the MPhil in Philosophy programme must submit the following materials:

Application form
Application fee
Curriculum Vitae
Transcripts of all academic results to date
Copies of degree certificates
Two academic references
A writing sample of (approximately 3-4,000 words)
Proof of English language competency (if English is not the applicant’s native language)
Proof of EU Status (If the applicant is an EU applicant)

What are the fees?

Course Fees for 2019/2020 are €7,524 for EU students and €15,038 for Non-EU students. For additional details please visit the Academic Registry website.

Further information

For further information, please consult the Philosophy Postgraduate Handbook.

Inquiries regarding the program may be addressed to Dr Ben White: