Consciousness and Embodiment

University College Dublin

12 months
19900 EUR/year
7315 EUR/year
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The Master of Arts in Consciousness and Embodiment at the University College Dublin teaches students to develop an overview of the human well-being, combining philosophical analytics and phenomenology with the empirical studies of body and mind. This Master’s programme covers fields such as philosophy of the mind, cognitive sciences, embodiment phenomenology and other.


The Consciousness and Embodiment MA draws on the research interests of philosophers and cognitive scientists in University College Dublin. It brings together expertise from the phenomenological and analytic traditions in philosophy as well as empirical approaches to the study of the mind/brain to offer a unique taught Masters course on a much discussed and important topic.

Learning outcomes

Until quite recently, the experience of embodiment and the role that the body plays in shaping the mind had been neglected. Descartes’s view of the body as a machine assigned its study to physics and mechanics rather than to philosophy.

Outside of the phenomenological circle, and the work of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty in particular, the explosion of interest in philosophy of mind and cognitive science in the 1980s and 90s, focused primarily on consciousness rather than the bodily aspects of cognition. In the last decade a new appreciation of the role of the body and its physical and social surroundings has sharpened our traditional understanding of the key issues of perception, the emotions, and attention.

Moreover, the relationship between consciousness and embodiment has brought into focus the intersecting roles of agency, rationality and society in an understanding of the embodied mind.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Phenomenology of Embodiment
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • Neuroscience/Readings in Visual Social Cognition
  • The Cultural Mind
  • Feminist & Gender Theory
  • The Space of Reasons: Wilfrid Sellars
  • Topics in Cognitive Science.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled.




90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

A good BA, 2.1 or better, in Philosophy, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience or other cognate subjects.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19900 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7315 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7315 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

 Part Time

  • EU          fee per year - € 4760
  • nonEU    fee per year - € 9950


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Consciousness and Embodiment
University College Dublin