Taught course

Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

Maynooth University · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Admission for candidates with relevant degrees normally with at least a 2.2 (Second-Class Honours, Grade II) overall (or equivalent), or at the discretion of the Philosophy Department. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Months of entry


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.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants. Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here: Fees, funding & scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Philosophy