Master's Degrees in Master of Philosophy in Ireland

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Studying Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) is a postgraduate research degree awarded by universities in Europe and world-wide. In contrast to other Master degrees such as the Master of Science or Master of Arts, the Master of Philosophy is often awarded for people while pursuing a Ph.D.

In this case, the Master of Philosophy is awarded after completing the first part of the Ph.D. studies and submitting a first short report or dissertation. It is thus often seen as a formality only.

However, there are also countries such as Norway, which offer the Master of Philosophy as regular first Master's degree comparable to a Master of Science.

Studying in Ireland

From literature to landscape, from innovation to internationalisation, Ireland offers a lot of opportunities in education and research… and the warmest of welcomes from the world’s friendliest nation!

35 Master of Philosophy Master's degrees in Ireland

M.Phil. Business

The Master of Philosophy in Business from University College Dublin is aimed at graduates of management, business studies and related areas wishing to further their graduate studies via a heavily research-based line of study, with a view either to pursuing a career in academia or in a variety of industries.

UCD College of Business
M.Phil. Early Modern History (P.Grad.Dip)

The M.Phil course in Early Modern History offers well-qualified graduates in History, the Humanities and the Social Sciences an introduction to research in the political, social, cultural and religious history of Ireland, Britain and Europe across the early modern period. This one-year course (or two years part-time) is designed to introduce students to a wide range of issues in, and approaches to, early modern history. It also provides students with training in research methods and skills.

School of Histories and Humanities
M.Phil. Linguistics (M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip)

Linguistics is the systematic study of human language. It has its roots in antiquity, though the twentieth century saw an explosion of research and the development of new theories and approaches. Linguistics has become an exciting and vigorous area of study, with strong connections to many fields including psychology, sociology, anthropology, cognitive science, computer science, and philosophy.

School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences
M.Phil. Psychoanalytic Studies

The course is of interest to people from a variety of backgrounds, including graduates of psychology, philosophy, and other university programmes, as well mental health professionals, people who work in the fields of the arts, education and health, among others. The course typically covers areas such as basic psychoanalytic concepts, dreams, dreaming and symbolic life, the emotional world of the child, psychoanalysis and the arts, clinical states of mind and object relations theory.

School of Social Science and Philosophy
M.Phil. Social Work Research

The M.Phil. in Social Work Research is designed for social science graduates who are also professionally qualified social workers and who seek Masters level research training in social work. The programme will build on students academic and professional experience and develop their capacity to understand, undertake and commission applied social research in areas of current social work concern.

School of Social Work and Social Policy
M.Phil. Irish Writing (P.Grad.Dip)

The course offers graduates in English or in related disciplines (e.g. history, art history, Irish studies, a modern language) the opportunity to study a broad range of Irish writing in English from the late-sixteeenth century to the present. It also involves close study of single authors and addresses thematic aspects of the subject.

School of English
M.Phil. Medieval Language, Literature and Culture

This interdisciplinary course is designed for well-qualified graduates who wish to extend their interest in medieval studies. The flexible structure of the course allows students to construct their degree around their particular areas of interest, while acquiring both the technical expertise to investigate primary medieval documents and an insight into the complexities of medieval culture generally.

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
M.Phil. Textual and Visual Studies

The aim of the course is to bring students to a high level of theoretical and practical awareness of the text-image relation in cultural expression, equip them to analyse and evaluate the various forms text/image interaction takes, and to provide them with a training that will enrich their practice in other areas of study or professional engagement.

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
M.Phil. Literary Translation

The course brings together in an interdisciplinary framework, the expertise to create a unique programme for practitioners, future practitioners and students of the art of translation. The target language is English, but the following source languages are also available: French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Czech and Polish. Where requested, we will try to provide support in other languages. The programme is taught by experienced lecturers, several of whom have published translated books, and by guest translators.

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
M.Phil. Literatures of the Americas

Over the last few decades the scholarly fields of American Literature, American Studies and Postcolonial Studies have undergone radical transformations. Their core concepts - including identity, race, citizenship, hybridity, and nationhood - have been challenged and redefined in fundamental ways both by creative writers and by theorists.

School of English
M.Phil. Speech and Language Processing

Speech processing is the science concerned with how speech communication works: how speech is produced by the speaker and understood by the listener. It is also concerned with how these processes can be analysed and modelled, and with how these models can be used to develop technologies that also produce and understand speech (synthetic voices, speech recognisers).

School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences
M.Phil. Film Studies - Theory History Practice

The course is a unique opportunity to embark upon a detailed investigation into the intellectual currents and aesthetic concerns surrounding the study and practice of film. From the outset, questions of history, theory and context are brought to bear on issues of close analysis and interpretation.

School of Creative Arts
M.Phil. Race, Ethnicity, Conflict

The success of the MPhil, which has been running since 1997, lies in the unique way it combines a focus on race-critical theory, population movement, conflict and resistance.

School of Social Science and Philosophy
M.Phil. Childrens Literature

Children's literature is recognised as a remarkable and dynamic part of literary and social culture. This course, the first full-time one year taught Masters programme in an Irish university, offers graduates in English or related disciplines the opportunity to study a broad range of children's literature in English.

School of English
M.Phil. European Studies (M.Phil.)

This is an interdisciplinary course which provides an overview of European intellectual and cultural history, looking at Europe and its history from a range of disciplinary perspectives. It focuses on constructions and representations of identity, the emergence of the idea of Europe, political symbolism and nationalism, symbolic geographies and so on.

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
M.Phil. Applied Linguistics

The M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics has been offered by CLCS for nearly 30 years. The discipline of applied linguistics investigates a range of issues around language in contemporary society. Among these, the most prominent issues -- and the central topics of the M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics -- are those surrounding second and foreign language education.

School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences
M.Phil. Theatre and Performance

This taught masters focuses on theatre and performance in Irish, European, and international contexts, and is designed to strengthen the analytic, critical, and practical approaches of theatre students.

School of Creative Arts
M.Phil. Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip)

Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies explores the complex realities of intercultural and interreligious relationships. Participants draw on a wide and interdisciplinary range of scholarship - integrating both emerging and established fields such as World Christianity Studies, Comparative Theology, Intercultural Ethics, Ecumenics, Political Science and Religious Studies.

School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics
M.Phil. European Studies

This is an interdisciplinary course which provides an overview of European intellectual and cultural history, looking at Europe and its history from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
M.Phil. English Language Teaching (M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip)

As the importance of English as a global language has continued to grow, English teachers have increasingly sought to deepen their understanding of the nature of language teaching and learning in light of the diverse challenges they face. The M.Phil. programme in English Language Teaching is aimed at meeting the needs of teachers who wish to enhance their career options.

School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences
M.Phil. Creative Writing

The course is intended for students who are seriously committed to writing, are practising, or prospective authors and who wish to develop their writing within the framework of a university course and in the context of an Irish literary milieu.

School of English
M.Phil. Gender and Women's Studies

The M.Phil. in Gender and Women’s Studies provides a critical understanding of the current scholarship on the position and representation of gender in society. 

School of Histories and Humanities
M.Phil. Art History

Our taught M.Phil. in Art History, ART + IRELAND, (1 year full-time or 2 years part-time) allows students to engage with works of art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the present day. In the course of the programme students explore questions of artistic and cultural identity and examine the place of "Irish" art in local and global contexts.

School of Histories and Humanities
M.Phil. Digital Humanities and Culture

Digital Humanities is a field of study, research, and invention at the intersection of humanities, computing, and information management. It is methodological by nature and multidisciplinary in scope involving the investigation, analysis, synthesis, and presentation of information in electronic form. 

School of English
M.Phil. Public History and Cultural Heritage

Our taught Masters course in Public History and Cultural Heritage (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time) is designed to provide students with a rigorous grounding in public history and to prepare high-calibre graduates in a unique and thorough fashion for the management of cultural heritage.

School of Histories and Humanities
M.Phil. Classics (P.Grad.Dip)

The M.Phil. in Classics is designed both for those who are already fully trained in the Classical languages, and for those who have completed non-language based degrees.

School of Histories and Humanities
M.Phil. International Peace Studies (M.Phil.(Peace Studies)/P.Grad.Dip)

International Peace Studies examines the sources of war and armed conflict and suggests methods of preventing and resolving them through processes of peacemaking and peacebuilding. The course combines perspectives from international relations, ethics and conflict resolution to reflect critically upon the wide range of social, political and economic issues associated with peace and political violence

School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics
M.Phil. Medieval History

The M.Phil in Medieval History offers well-qualified graduates in History, the Humanities and the Social Sciences an introduction to research in the political, social, cultural and religious history of Ireland, Britain and continental Europe across the Middle Ages. This one-year programme (or two years part-time) is designed to introduce students to a wide range of issues in, and approaches to, medieval history while also providing students with a rigorous training in research methods and relevant skills.

School of Histories and Humanities
M.Phil. Music and Media Technologies

A particular feature of these programmes is a balanced approach to musical and technological topics. Musically, a strong emphasis is placed on the development of adaptable compositional skills, while technological topics are addressed from both a hands-on workstation/studio exposure and a fundamental mathematical and scientific basis, which focuses on musically relevant issues.

School of Creative Arts
M.Phil. Popular Literature

The M.Phil in Popular Literature offers students a unique opportunity for the advanced study of popular literature and its immensely important place within modern culture. It traces the history of popular genres such as horror, science fiction, romance, fantasy and detective fiction, and offers a comprehensive introduction to contemporary theories of the popular. Participants will also choose from a range of specialist options on particular aspects of the popular.

School of English
M.Phil. Comparative Literature

This course is designed to provide an understanding of Comparative Literature as a subject of study and a critical practice. The core modules provide the theoretical and methodological basis for comparing texts of various genres and artefacts of different media at an advanced level. Optional modules enable the further development of these competencies and offer opportunities to develop and apply this knowledge and these skills to a range of primary texts from a wide range of languages, cultures, epochs and other contexts.

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
M.Phil. Modern Irish History (M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip)

The M.Phil in Modern Irish History introduces well-qualified Humanities or Social Sciences graduates to research in modern Irish history, to the problems currently addressed by historians and to the methods they apply to study of the subject.

School of Histories and Humanities
M.Phil. Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation

The M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is designed to suit the needs of specialists already working in conflict resolution and reconciliation, as well as those new to these fields of study.

School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics
M.Phil. Music Composition (M.Phil.)

Started in the academic year 2012-13, the music department is offering a one-year M.Phil. in Music Composition to cater for the growing demand for graduate studies of international standing in the area. Apart from one-on-one mentorship in composition itself, students will take courses in among others, music composition, experimental music theatre and contemporary opera, film music aesthetics, advanced orchestration (using technology as an assistant), and composition for mixed media. This proposed M.Phil. course is providing a backbone of activity for the Music Composition Centre, part of Trinity’s new initiative in Creative Arts, Technology and Culture.

School of Creative Arts