2020/2021

MA (PHILOSOPHY)

NFQ Level 9, Major Award

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the programme and module content as described in the University's Calendar and Book of Modules for the 2020-21 academic year are accurate. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no guarantee is given that programme/module content, delivery and assessment may not be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended. Any changes will ensure the same competencies and Learning Outcomes are met. Programme and/or Module Coordinators will communicate any such changes to students.

The MA in Philosophy is a full-time programme running over 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme, or part-time running over 24 months from the date of first registration.

In order to be admitted to the MA programme in Philosophy, a candidate should have at least a Second Class honours, Grade 1, Primary degree (or equivalent) in Philosophy or cognate discipline. Successful applicants must demonstrate relevant skills in writing and critical thinking (by receiving indicative marks on previous assessments, for example).

It is possible for candidates who have a primary degree but do not fully qualify for entry into the programme to undertake a Masters Qualifying Examination or a Higher Diploma in Arts. This qualification will enable prospective students to apply for this MA programme, though it will not grant automatic acceptance to it.

If a significant amount of time has passed since the candidate received their undergraduate degree, it may be possible to appeal for entrance based on work or other degree experience. These cases will be considered carefully by the Graduate Studies Committee on a case by case basis.

It is recommended that candidates who are uncertain whether they qualify consult with the department in advance of submitting an application. All applicants are subject to the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee in Philosophy.

Applicants will be required to answer specific supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I
In Part I students take modules to the value of 50 credits and prepare a Literature Review to the value of 10 credits, under the supervision of a member of staff.
PH6019 Literature Review (10 credits)
plus
50 credits from the following:
PH6012 Human Rights 1 (10 credits)
PH6016 Territorial Rights (10 credits)
PH6047 Philosophy and Health (10 credits)
PH6048 The Philosophy of Death and Dying (10 credits)
PH6052 Advanced Moral Psychology (10 credits)
PH6053 Professional Ethics: Advanced (10 credits)
PH6054 Measuring Society: Growth, Poverty, Inequality, and Human Capital (10 credits)
PH6056 Advanced Political Philosophy (10 credits)
PH6057 Philosophy and the Biological Health Sciences (10 credits)
PH6060
Japanese Philosophy - Advanced (10 credits)

Part II
In Part II students complete a dissertation (maximum 15,000 words) to the value of 30 credits which must be submitted for examination at the Winter Examination Board.

PH6020 Dissertation in Philosophy (30 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2020/2021 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2020/2021.

Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy
Students who pass taught modules to the value of at least 30 credits (but less than 60 credits) may opt to exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy.

Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy
Students who pass taught modules to the value of at least 60 credits may opt to exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy (NFQ Level 9, Minor Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for MA in Philosophy (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:


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