It thus aims at carrying out a serious philosophical analysis of some of the underlying cultural themes and philosophical presuppositions of Western self understanding and contemporary society. Building upon the strengths of critical thinking, systematic reflection, and historical awareness developed at undergraduate level, the Philosophy of Religion programme at Maynooth University allows the student to explore thematic concerns of philosophers in the Western tradition from medieval times to the 21st century.
The MA degree (Mode I) in Philosophy is taken by examination (100% continuous assessment) and by minor thesis, the topic of which must be in the subject area of Philosophy of Religion and approved by the Head of the Department. The dissertation comprises a maximum of 15,000 words, and is assessed by the supervisor and the external examiner.
Philosophy is not a qualification to do a particular job; rather it is a valuable component of general education. The expertise gained in Philosophy is of great value in many different careers. Philosophy is a good preparation for an academic career and for careers in journalism, law, radio, television and the media in general, and politics. Increasingly, philosophy graduates are being hired by large corporations, e.g. in roles such as management consultancy, as people who can approach problems from a new perspective. Philosophy graduates are valued for their quick intelligence, their ability to reason clearly and independently and their ability to take an overview on the problem or situation confronting them.
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- Methods in Phenomenology
- The Early Philosophy of Edith Stein
- Selected Problems in Medieval Philosophy
- Philosophical Seminar
- Reading Selected Texts in Renaissance Philosophy
- Nietzsche and His Legacy
- Reading Eriugena
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- 12 months
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Candidates applying for MA Programmes in Philosophy should normally have a BA Honours degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 in Philosophy or its equivalent. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
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International14000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 14000 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA6500 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6500 EUR per year during 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.