Values & Knowledge

National University of Ireland, Galway

12 months
15550 EUR/year
6400 EUR/year
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The relation between values and knowledge is a central concern for any society. At present, it is widely assumed that the pursuit of knowledge is valuable only to the degree that it has measurable practical benefits as an outcome. The Values & Knowledge MA programme  at National University of Ireland, Galway offers a context for detailed consideration of this assumption. 


This high level of critical scrutiny is made possible through the programme’s broad philosophical perspective - engaging with questions arising in other disciplines also. More specifically, our programme provides an in-depth study of different forms of values in terms of both their cognitive basis and their relation to other areas of knowledge and activity. We also consider the way in which knowledge has been defined and theorized since the Enlightenment. The Values & Knowledge programme at National University of Ireland, Galway combines historical perspectives and contemporary critical debates so as to provide a fund of analytic and argumentative skills that are advantageous for further work in philosophy or for competing in the job market.

 Programme aims

  • To initiate students into historical and contemporary debates concerning the cognitive basis of values (especially moral and aesthetic ones), and the status of different forms of knowledge .
  • To give this initiation a broad scope—embracing personality, gender, political concepts, knowledge in a historical context, and the emotions as such, as well as moral and aesthetic values.
  • To explore how the cognitive significance of values may be implicated in the conditions of our knowledge of self and world, and in the grounds on which beliefs are held, and justified.
  • To ensure that students are initiated into different methods of philosophical investigation that cross the usual divide between ‘Analytic’ and ‘Continental’ philosophy.
  • To open possible overlaps with work done in other disciplines.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with this qualification will be eligible for doctoral research and careers in the public and social services, NGOs and journalism.


Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Research Methods (Mandatory)
  • Political Values in the Modern World
  • Moral Reasoning
  • The Philosophy of Emotion
  • Participation and Management (Mandatory)
  • Research Methods (Mandatory)
  • Participation and Management (Mandatory)
  • Dissertation (Mandatory) 
  • Cultural Philosophy of Globalisation
  • Environmental Aesthetics
  • Knowledge and Value in Modernity 

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines






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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

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

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a grade of an overall Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (H2:2) or higher with a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (H2:1) in Philosophy in their first degree. Applications are welcome from students whose primary degree was in Philosophy or a cognate subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15550 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15550 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6400 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

EU Fees full time:  €6,400

Eu Fees part time: €3,255


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Values & Knowledge
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