MA in Contemporary European Philosophy

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). This programme draws on the expertise of several members of the School in a broad range of philosophical topics.
Programme Structure
The programme may be taken in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). At the heart of the programme is the requirement to take six modules, at least four of which must be directly concerned with Contemporary European philosophy. The remaining two may be from any offered by the School. See the descriptions of the modules on the right-hand menu.

An indicative list of modules available in 2016-2017 on Contemporary European philosophy:

Semester I:

  • PHIL41280 Feminist & Gender Theory (Clara Fischer)
  • PHIL41230 Phenomenology: Selected Readings (Dermot Moran)
  • PHIL41340 Kant on Aesthetics & Nature (Jim O'Shea)
  • PHIL41320 Topics in Continental Philosophy (Danielle Petherbridge)

Semester II:

  • PHIL40840 Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem (Brian O'Connor)
  • PHIL40420 The Good Society (Maeve Cooke)
  • PHIL40410 Philosophy and Literature (Danielle Petherbridge / Dylan Trigg)
  • PHIL40250 Merleau-Ponty (Tim Mooney)

In addition, students must write a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words by August 2017. It is expected that students will choose as their dissertation topic something from one of the taught areas. Students are encouraged to discuss possible topics with their lecturers as soon as possible. The dissertation will be worth one third of the final mark.

The admission requirements are the same as those of the MA in Philosophy (General Programme).
For academic enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Tim Mooney 

All administrative enquiries should be sent to the School Manager:

Helen Kenny MA
UCD School of Philosophy
Newman Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 8186

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