Course Title: Philosophy
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year
Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time
Part-time over 2 years (part-time option open to EU students only)
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2013/2014 IRISH/EU FEE: €5,400 full-time; €2,700 per year part-time
Entry Requirements: Miminum 2.1 grade in an honours primary degree (or equivalent) in philosophy (see detailed entry requirements)
Course Code: CKE53 (full-time), CKE57 (part-time)
Closing Date: 1 June 2013
Next Intake: September 2013
This course offers you a rare chance to study Western as well as Eastern philosophy at postgraduate level. For one year, you will be involved in the study of 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.
As an MA student, you will have the chance during the spring and summer months to put this to work in a sustained piece of independent research.
You can take any five modules of your choice. The modules are specifically designed to provide an overview of current work in a particular area and are aimed at first-year postgraduate students. They each involve set readings and writing assignments. It is expected that you will already be (broadly) familiar with some key philosophical concepts or approaches on starting this course. If you feel that you have some holes to fill, you can ask your lecturer to suggest some introductory readings.
For further details and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar
Applicants will normally hold at least a Second Class Honours/Grade I primary degree (or equivalent) in philosophy. Students with degrees in cognate areas (such as social sciences, psychology, theology etc.) may be considered. Applicants who are not fully qualified may need to take a MA Qualifying Degree or Higher Diploma in Arts.
The Additional/Supplementary Statement form MUST also be completed as part of the application selection process.
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:- CKE53AdditionalQuestions (263kB)
All required supporting documentation (e.g. completed supplementary form, evidence of non-UCC undergraduate/postgraduate qualifications) must be UPLOADED via the PAC "Application Status" link or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway (marked with the applicants PAC application number)
This is a one year, full-time or two year, part-time taught course. In your modules, you will study and discuss philosophy, improve your writing skills and acquire familiarity with relevant concepts and authors so that later you will be able to undertake your dissertation with confidence.
During the two teaching periods (September to March), you will take five taught modules (10 credits each). During the second teaching period (January to March), you will write the literature review (10 credits). After the teaching periods from April to September, you will write a minor dissertation of up to 15,000 words (30 credits).
Modules are assessed by written essays and there are no final exams. During the second teaching period (January-March), you will prepare a detailed review of relevant literature under the direction of a staff member. The literature review is written in preparation for your minor dissertation. The grade for the MA is based on assessment for modules, literature review and minor dissertation, with a total of 1,800 marks awarded. Each taught module counts for 200 marks (1,000 in total), the literature review also counts for 200 marks, and the minor dissertation for 600 marks. Taught modules are assessed by written work totalling 5,000 words, which may take the form of more than one piece of work.
Professor Graham Parkes — comparative philosophy (French, German, Chinese, Japanese), environmental philosophy, philosophy of art
Dr Vittorio Bufacchi —political philosophy (especially social justice), moral theory, social contract theories, liberalism and socialism
Dr Julia Jansen — Kant, phenomenology, aesthetics, consciousness studies
Dr H-G. Moeller — Chinese philosophy, East-West comparative philosophy, systems theory, theory of society
Dr Alfred Moore — political theory, democratic theory, sociology of science, technology and environment, democratic institutions
Dr Cara Nine — normative ethics, international justice, political philosophy, applied ethics
Dr Lilian O’Brien — philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology
Dr Joel Walmsley — philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, cognitive science
For further details of Staff Research Profiles, click HERE