The Diploma and the Higher Diploma in Philosophy are part-time postgraduate programmes in philosophy. They 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 requirement: a third-level qualification in any subject or combination.
For the Diploma, the programme of study will extend over one year; its modules are drawn from the first and second years of the BA Philosophy programme.
For the Higher Diploma, the programme of study will extend over a two-year period; as for the Diploma, its first-year modules are drawn from the first and second years of the BA Philosophy programme. Higher Diploma 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 are drawn from the third year of the BA Philosophy programme. Moreover, Higher Diploma 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 BA dissertation coordinator.
A third-level qualification in any subject or combination. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
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 requires 40 credits each year (40 credits in total for the Diploma; 80 credits for the Higher Diploma). Students are allowed to complement their Maynooth University modules with modules offered by the Philosophy Department at St Patrick’s College, for up to 10 credits each year.
Course Duration: 1 year part-time (Diploma)
2 years part-time (Higher Diploma)
Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
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.