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TSM Philosophy (TR001)

Last intake in 2018/19, prospective students please see Joint Honors Philosophy page. Allows students to study two subjects to degree level with advanced specialisation in one or both subjects depending on their course choices.


What is TSM Philosophy?

The TSM programme (Two Subject Moderatorship) offers a choice of 19 subjects which complement the study of philosophy such as psychology, history, mathematics, English and a range of other languages. The two subjects are taught separately and the overall workload is similar to that of a single honours degree.

Course Structure

In the final two years, students can set their own syllabus by selecting from a range of courses which enables students to specialise in the areas they have found most interesting and most suited to their skills.

In the TSM programme, Philosophy can be studied with any of the following subjects according to two patterns (1) Pattern A where two subjects are studied equally for four years and (2) Pattern B where both subjects are studied for three years, but only one is studied in the fourth year:

TSM Philosophy – Second Subject Options
One or both subjects taken in fourth year
Only one subject studied in fourth year
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Sociology
  • Classical
  • Civilisation
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Greek
  • History
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • Italian Jewish and Islamic Civilisations
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Irish
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • World Religions and Theology
  • In the Junior Sophister year - students select 4 modules (one 5 ECTS module and 10 ECTS module per term)
  • In the Senior Sophister year - students enrolled in Pattern A either write a thesis and select 3 seminars (5 ECTS each) or sit the three hour General Paper and select 5 seminars (5 ECTS each)
  • Students enrolled in Pattern B, and choosing to major in philosophy, choose 6 seminars, write a thesis and sit the three hour General Paper

Is it for me?

If you are interested in examining questions regarding the ultimate nature of reality and our knowledge of it, or in questioning society's basic assumptions and in analysing the moral, political, aesthetic and religious questions lying at the heart of our culture in an articulate manner you will find this a stimulating and challenging course.

Trinity graduates are extremely well regarded worldwide and our students find that their ability to be analytical and to be innovative thinkers opens up a range of career opportunities in fields as varied as teaching, journalism, advertising, law, film making, business and technology. Many students go on to postgraduate study both at Trinity and other prestigious universities such as Stanford, MIT, LSE and the University of Cambridge.

What are the entry requirements?

Each combination of two subjects has a different CAO course code and entry requirements. Please visit the Study at Trinity website for additional details regarding admissions requirements.

For further information please visit the TSM website.