University College Cork

University College Cork



Postgraduate Admissions, Registrar's Office

Cork, Cork


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Postgraduate Diploma, Higher Diploma, PhD in Philosophy, PhD in Philosophy and Sociology, MA in Philosophy, M.Phil., MA in Philosophy and Sociology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

In Philosophy you will be involved in the study of and critical as well as creative engagement with different philosophical concepts, theories and approaches to issues concerning the mind and consciousness, action and politics, ethics and aesthetics, society and culture, globalism, power, territory, and many more. The programme offers a rare chance to study Western as well as Eastern Philosophy at postgraduate level. The MA Philosophy helps students to advance their general philosophical education while at the same time giving them the opportunity to pursue their own philosophical interest. Students choose two MA modules from a range of options, which are taught during October-December. They prepare a directed literature review, in preparation for their minor dissertation, in January-April. Finally, they write a minor dissertation on a subject of their choice during the period May-September. The aim of the PG Diploma programme is to offer an alternative award for successful completion of the coursework only for the MA in Philosophy without requiring submission of the minor thesis. Upon successful completion of the coursework for the Postgraduate Diploma students may opt to register for the MA in Philosophy and complete the dissertation to the value of 30 credits. This programme will familiarize students with a broad range of philosphical issues and methods at postgraduate level so that they can discuss and defend positions in short critical essays and in academic debate. The programme is designed to enable students to transfer into the MA programme and complete the minor dissertation if they wish. The HDip in Arts - Philosophy at University College Cork gives students from all disciplines an opportunity for intensive studies in both Eastern and Western philosophy. During the one-year full-time programme students select twelve modules (60 credits) from second and third year undergraduate options. A primary degree in any subject allows for entry into the programme. Students who hold a primary degree in philosophy but do not meet the entry requirements for the MA programme are also eligible. The programme is aimed at graduates who may wish to be considered for a Masters programme subsequently, who may wish to add the Higher Diploma in Philosophy to their qualifications, or who are simply excited to explore philosophical ideas and to acquire philosophical skills.


These programmes are accredited by University College Cork, ranked in the top 2% of the world's universities.

International Student Requirements:

Non-native speakers of English must have achieve a score of 6.5 in an IELTS test with no individual score below 5.5. Equivalent English language qualifications will also suffice.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 11620 EUR

Classification: Unknown

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