Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHV65

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Closing Date : 31 August 2021

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MA PPE brings together at a postgraduate level some of the most important approaches in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics to obtain the necessary abilities and understanding to deal with the challenges of globalisation and a globalised economy, democracy and becoming a responsible citizen, by addressing the intrinsic relationships between these subjects. In addition to the core module, students are required to take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules in each of the three subject areas: Philosophy (PH-code modules), Politics (SO-code modules), and Economics (EC-code modules). Modules from the Department of Law are used to enable the students on an interdisciplinary level to engage with the practical political, social, and economic challenges faced by society today.

Philosophy, Politics and Economics overlap not only in the university, but also in public policy, business, and commerce. The intellectual dexterity and versatility that emerges from a training and grounding in these three overlapping and cognate disciplines is an enormous professional, intellectual, and vocational asset, valued and recognized by governments, policy makers, enterprises, and employers. It enables one to act effectively under guidance in a peer relationship with qualified practitioners; lead multiple, complex, and heterogeneous groups.

The degree is targeted at high quality undergraduate students who have obtained at least a 2.2 degree in either PPE, Economics, Philosophy, Politics or a related subject. A Background in Economics is highly recommended.

Students will be accepted on the basis of a successful interview.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

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.


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Candidates take six modules (three in each semester) and write a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words under the supervision of a designated supervisor. The 90 credits for the MA will be made up of 60 credits awarded for taught modules and 30 credits for the dissertation. Students are required to take the core module PH636 and either EC690 (dissertation in Economics) or PH699 (dissertation in Philosophy) or SO690 (Thesis in Politics).  Students are required to take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules in each of the three subject areas; Philosophy (PH-code modules), Politics (SO-code modules), and Economics (EC-code modules). 

Note: Students can take at most 10 credits of u/g modules and students who took these modules at undergraduate level (either in MU or an equivalent elsewhere) cannot take them again as a Master’s student.  

Course Duration: 2 year programme part-time

Graduates in PPE most commonly chose a career in finance, politics, journalism, law, industry, teaching, social work, accountancy, business management, management consultancy, advertising and the many branches of the public services, including the civil and diplomatic services and local government.

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The following documents 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.

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