UCC Postgraduate courses

Philosophy

About This Course

Fact File

Course Outline

On this one-year course you will study different philosophical concepts concerning the mind and consciousness, action and politics, ethics and aesthetics, society and culture, globalism, power, territory, and more. The course offers you a rare chance to study Western as well as Eastern philosophy at postgraduate level.

You will take six modules of your choice. The modules are designed to give you an overview of up-to-date thinking in the area.

In your modules you will study and discuss philosophy and acquire familiarity with relevant concepts and authors. The course will develop your knowledge about the history of philosophy and ideas and help you to improve your skills in writing, critical reading, and in understanding and summarising arguments.

Further details on the content and modules are available in  the Postgraduate College Calendar

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

You will take 6 taught modules, 2 hours of lectures each week.  

Postgraduate Diploma (9 months; 2 taught terms) for which Postgraduate Certificate (9 months; 1 taught term) serves as exit point;

PART-TIME - Postgraduate Diploma (18 months; 4 taught terms) for which Postgraduate Certificate (18 months; 2 taught terms) serves as an exit point

Assessment

The grade is based on the assessment for modules. Modules are assessed by written essays. There are no final exams.

Who teaches this course

Dr Vittorio Bufacchi — Political Philosophy, Human Rights, Violence, Social Justice

Dr Jason Dockstader — History of Philosophy, Metaethics, and Moral Psychology

Dr Adam Loughnane — Aesthetics, Continental Philosophy, Asian Philosophy

Dr Cara Nine — International Justice, Political Philosophy, Normative Ethics, Territory, Applied Ethics

Dr Lilian O’Brien — Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Epistemology

Professor Don Ross — Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy of Science, Scientific Metaphysics

Dr Alessandro Salice — Phenomenology, Philosophy of Mind, Social Ontology, Philosophy of Action

Dr Joel Walmsley — Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Science

For further details of Staff Research Profiles, click HERE

Why Choose This Course

UCC’s Department of Philosophy offers the unique opportunity to study in three distinct philosophical traditions: Asian philosophy, continental philosophy, and analytic philosophy. Our wide-ranging modules help you to acquire a unique comparative philosophical education. Our teaching staff come from Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy and USA. Together we bring different perspectives to bear on our shared philosophical concerns, and create a diverse and energetic environment for study and philosophical research.

Skills and Careers Information

This course will help you develop the following skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Professional writing
  • Construction and evaluation of arguments
  • Communication skills
  • Information management
  • Design and planning
  • Research and investigation

Employers in diverse fields value the skills of analysis, creativity and discovery. A Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy can be the starting point for many different career paths.

Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme in Philosophy, a candidate should normally have at least a Second Class honours, Grade 1, primary degree (or equivalent). Graduates with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Successful applicants must demonstrate evidence of (1) having taken undergraduate or postgraduate modules in philosophy, or courses with philosophical relevance in social theory, social science, cultural theory, politics, psychology, literature or other cognate discipline; and (2) relevant skills in writing and critical thinking (by receiving indicative marks on previous assessments, for example).

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.

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. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €4,000 .

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

 €2,000 per year part-time

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

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: CKC14AdditionalDocuments

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