The Diploma and the Higher Diploma in Philosophy are part-time postgraduate programmes in Philosophy and provide students who already possess a third level qualification with a qualification in Philosophy. The courses are open to any student who satisfies the entry requirements: a third-level qualification in any subject or combination. For the Diploma the programme of study will extend over one year and its modules are drawn from the first and second year of the BA Philosophy programme. For the HDip the programme of study will extend over a two-year period and students will be required to achieve a pass on the first year’s courses before being admitted to the second year. The modules for the second year of the Higher Diploma in Philosophy are drawn from the third year of the BA Philosophy programme and students will be required to write a 5000 word dissertation. The topic of the dissertation will be chosen by the student from any area of philosophy and must be approved by the by the BA dissertation co-ordinator.
Minimum English language requirements: - IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score - TOEFL (Paper based test): 585 - TOEFL (Internet based test): 95 - PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850
The programme will involve 8 hours of lectures and one tutorial per week in year one and seven hours of lectures and one tutorial hour per week in year two.
Increasingly, philosophy graduates are being hired by large corporations, e.g. in roles such as management consultancy, as people who can approach problems from a new perspective. Philosophy graduates are valued for their quick intelligence, their ability to reason clearly and independently and their ability to take an overview on the problem or situation confronting them.