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Consciousness and Embodiment, M.A.

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University rank #185 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Most courses operate a rolling admissions policy with decisions being taken as soon as possible after receipt of completed applications. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19200 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7055 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7055 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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MA Consciousness & Embodiment Part Time:

  • EU: fee per year - € 4,590
  • nonEU: fee per year - € 9,600

Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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The UCD School of Philosophy is pleased to announce 2 MA scholarships for students wishing to enrol in the MA in Philosophy and write their minor dissertation on an aspect of the work or legacy of John Henry Newman.

The scholarships will provide a significant contribution (minimum 50% up to possible 100%) to the cost of tuition fees. Scholarships are open to Irish, EU and International applicants. The scholarships are endowed by the Newman Foundation.

Closing date for receipt of the completed online application to the programme and scholarship application is 15 June 2017.

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