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MA Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Thought (Full-time)

Maynooth University Department of Ancient Classics

Full time See Course MA Full-Time: 1 year

About the course

This programme offers students the opportunity to explore early Western intellectual history from a variety of angles, philosophical, literary, and cultural. It will appeal both to those who want an overview of the foundations of modern European thought, and to those with more specialized interests in Classics, Medieval and Renaissance studies, philosophy, or the history of ideas. The general aim is to provide students with a specialized knowledge in aspects of Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance thought, focusing on philosophical writers, literary, historical, and cultural topics, and the history of Western thought. Building upon the strengths of critical thinking, systematic reflection, and historical awareness developed by students in their undergraduate studies, the programme will allow candidates to explore thematic concerns of writers and thinkers in the Western tradition from Ancient Greece and Rome to the sixteenth century and beyond. It will also prepare those who complete the programme at a high level, and have acquired appropriate competences, for research degrees in Classics, Philosophy, or a related field.

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Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 in the BA degree overall with (in the case of Joint Honours degrees) a 2:1 in either Greek and Roman Civilization (or equivalent) or Philosophy. Applications from candidates with a very high level of achievement in other relevant subjects may also be considered. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

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Where is Maynooth University


These postgraduate scholarships for Masters study are funded with the support of the Alumni Affinity Card and provide graduates of Maynooth University (including the graduating class of 2018) with a €5,000 scholarship towards fees for a full-time Taught Masters programme at Maynooth University.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must intend to pursue a
full-time Taught Master’s degree at the University commencing meet the following eligibility criteria:
1. A minimum overall result of 65% in an Honours Bachelor’s degree from
Maynooth University. Applicants should apply before they receive
their exam results.
2. Satisfy the entry requirements of the Maynooth University Taught Master’s
Programme they intend to undertake.

The scholarship is not open to those who have already commenced or have previously
undertaken a Master’s programme.
A minimum 65% honours level 8 undergraduate degree result and a personal statement is required.

Application Procedure

Apply online via:
An application guide is available on the online application system to guide you step by
step through the application process.
For further information please email: or tel. 01-

Further Information

There are 60 Taught Master's Scholarships available across every discipline of Maynooth University. Closing date is the 15th June 2018. Applications are welcome from all BSc/BA graduates or equivalent honours level 8 graduates, including the graduating class of 2018.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must intend to pursue a full-time Taught Master’s degree at the University commencing in September. Achieve a minimum overall result of 2.1 in an Honours Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). Open for applications to all EU and non-EU BA/BSc graduates

Application Procedure

Applications are online via an online application system accessible from the
Following link:

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