Philosophy HDip in Arts

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Course Code: CKA21 Full-time; CKA31 Part-time

Course Title: Philosophy

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences


Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Qualifications: HDip in Arts

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,000 full-time; €3,000 per year part-time

Entry Requirements: You should already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences (see detailed requirements)

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018


The one-year Higher Diploma in Philosophy gives you a rare chance to study western as well as eastern philosophy. You will study different philosophical concepts and theories, from issues of mind and consciousness, action and politics, ethics and aesthetics, to society and culture, globalism, and power and territory.

Course Details

The course begins in September and gives students from all disciplines an opportunity for intensive study in both eastern and western philosophy. Students select 12 modules (60 credits) from year 2 and 3 undergraduate options.

The modules are designed to introduce philosophical questions, theories, and texts in a particular area. They typically involve set readings and writing assignments. It is generally expected that you will have an interest in reading and writing philosophical texts, but specialised knowledge of philosophical concepts or approaches is not presupposed.

In your modules you will study and discuss philosophy and become familiar with relevant concepts and authors. The course will develop your knowledge of the history of philosophy and ideas, improve your writing and critical reading skills, and hone your ability to understand and summarise arguments effectively.

Please see the College Book of Modules for information and descriptions of modules for the current academic year.


Detailed Entry Requirements

It is intended for those who already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences

The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 


Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.
Applicants for the Higher Diploma in Arts (Philosophy) option are NOT required complete special additional supplementary questions, when applying online.

Course Practicalities

This is a one-year, full-time or two-year, part-time taught programme. During the two teaching periods (September to March) you will take twelve taught modules (5 credits, 2 hours each of weekly lectures).


For each seminar class, you must prepare the set readings and complete the required coursework. Modules are typically assessed by written essays and end-of-year or in-class exams. The assessment of many modules also includes attendance and/or participation segments.

Who Teaches This Course

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 Hans-Georg Moeller:Chinese Philosophy, East-West Comparative Philosophy, Systems Theory, Theory of Society

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

Please click HERE for further details of Staff profiles

Further Contact Information

Dr. Alessandro Salice
Graduate Studies Director
T: + 353 (0)21 490 3871

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