The MA offers students the opportunity to explore Western philosophical thought from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It should appeal both to those who want an overview of the foundations of modern European thought, and to those with more specialized interests in Medieval and Renaissance studies, philosophy, or the history of ideas. Building upon the strengths of critical thinking, systematic reflection, and historical awareness developed at undergraduate level, the programme allows the student to explore thematic concerns of philosophers in the Western tradition from medieval times to the sixteenth century. 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 subjects of Medieval or Renaissance 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.
The overall number of credits is 90 credits. Students will be expected to take 60 ECTS credits in taught modules. The final 30 credits will be awarded for the MA thesis.
Successful completion of the MA at a high level will normally equip students to proceed to study for a PhD, a necessary qualification for an academic career (in certain subject areas further language qualifications maybe required). Beyond the academic sphere, however, the skills the programme fosters (analytic skills, critical thinking, systematic research, clear argumentation, lucid writing) are indispensable to a wide variety of careers.
Overall Grade 2.2 (or equivalent) in UG degree in Philosophy or a cognate subject. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
EU Tuition Fee: €5,250; International Tuition Fee: €13,000
Recipient: Maynooth University
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