MA in Contemporary European Philosophy

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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). 

The ever-popular MA in Contemporary European Philosophy Programme draws on the three main specialisations of the relevant faculty. These are German Idealism and Post-Kantian Philosophy, Phenomenology and Critical Theory. Topics treated in the modules include transcendental and absolute idealism and subjectivity, intentionality and being in the world, embodiment and otherness, critique of ideology, autonomy and recognition and feminism and gender theory.


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, four of which must be come from the list of 6 Core Modules in List A and the remaining 2 should be chosen from the list of 9 Option Modules in List B.  See the descriptions of the modules on the "Current Graduate Student Information".

An indicative list of modules available in 2018-2019 on Contemporary European philosophy:

Semester I:

  • PHIL40840 Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem (Brian O'Connor)
  • PHIL41280 Feminism and Gender Theory (Katherine O'Donell)PHIL41510 
  • Ethics: Theory and Practice (Marinus Ferreria)
  • PHIL41320 Topics in Continental Philosophy (Danielle Petherbridge)

Semester II:

  • PHIL40250 Merleau-Ponty's Phenomonology (Tim Mooney)
  • PHIL40410 Philosophy and Literature (Danielle Petherbridge)
  • PHIL41240 Newman: A Philosophical Approach (Angelo Buttone)
  • PHIL41500 Buddhist Ethics (Tatjana Von Solodkoff)

In addition, students must write a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words by August 2020. 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, Assoc Prof Tim Mooney 

All administrative enquiries should be sent to the School Manager:

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

Email: philosophy@ucd.ie
Tel: +353 1 716 8186

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