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Modern and Contemporary Philosophy (MA) (Part-time)

Course content


This MA relates discourses and developments in modern and contemporary philosophy to current debates regarding (but not restricted to) the challenges of globalization, post-secular societies (Habermas), democratic development, etc., as well as to their philosophical foundations. Possible answers to these questions rely upon the philosophical notions of the nature of knowledge and human understanding, identity, plurality, and the human condition. This MA thus aims at carrying out a serious philosophical analysis of some of the underlying cultural themes and philosophical presuppositions of contemporary society. 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 areas of Modern or Contemporary Philosophy 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.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/philosophy/our-courses/ma-modern-and-contemporary-philosophy-0

Course Structure

A one-year MA comprising 90 credits (6 taught modules and dissertation), treating central themes and thinkers in modern and contemporary philosophy. The 90 credits for the MA will be made up of 60 ECTS credits awarded for taught modules and 30 credits for the dissertation.

Modules Include:
- PH602 Methods in Phenomenology
- PH604 The Early Philosophy of Edith Stein
- PH610 Philosophical Seminar
- PH623 Nietzsche and His Legacy
- PH699 Dissertation

Students may chose 2 additional modules from the Philosophy programme or modules offered by St. Patrick’s College.

Career Options

The degree provides excellent background for those students who wish to follow an academic career as it will prepare them for research degrees in these topics which may not have sufficient preparation for this in their undergraduate studies. Apart from an academic career this degree is a valuable component of a general education, and the transferable skills it fosters (critical questioning, systematic research, argumentation and writing) are indispensable to a wide variety of careers.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

Visit the Modern and Contemporary Philosophy (MA) (Part-time) page on the Maynooth University website for more details!





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