Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH PH.D. (10)

CAO/PAC code : MHV02 (FT), MHV03 (PT)

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Closing Date : 30 June 2018

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The programme will provide the students with a professional training in academic research in Philosophy, and thus enables them to contribute to national and international scholarship and to interdisciplinary co-operation. The department aims to provide students with the opportunity to work independently under the supervision of members of staff who will provide detailed feedback and advice on the achieved works. The Department of Philosophy wishes to provide a high quality research experience and output, with integrated taught support for all students enrolled on the structured PhD programme. As part of this process, students on this programme will have acquired the philosophical methods that enable them to pursue studies and research independently according to their personal interests in the field. They will also be able to engage at an appropriate level with other professional scholars.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time

September (or other agreed time)

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Candidates for research degrees will normally be expected to have a Second Class Honours Grade 1 primary degree in Philosophy, or a Second Class Honours MA degree with some qualification in philosophy.

Language Requirements:
Research students are expected to have some knowledge of the language of the author or authors, whose work they intend to research. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered 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

Additional Information



Dunne, M
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy.
Philosophy of God.
Philosophy of Science.
Ireland’s medieval philosophical heritage.
Current Projects – A first edition of the Commentary on the Sentences of Richard FitzRalph, (‘Armachanus’, 1300–1360), Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1332–34) Archbishop of Armagh (1347–60).

Edelheit, A
Renaissance Philosophy. This includes the reception of classical and scholastic philosophies in the Renaissance and Early Modern era, and mainly, the complex relations between scholastic and humanist thinkers on many different moral, psychological, metaphysical, theological, political, and scientific issues, roughly between the 14–16 centuries, in the Italian peninsula. More specifically, he is interested in the philosophical achievements attached to Florence during the 15thcentury, and in the different Florentine representatives of the late scholastic schools (such as the Thomists, the Scotists, the Augustinians, or the Mertonists), as well as in the humanists and their fresh interest in Plato, Aristotle, the Hellenistic philosophical schools, and in the Neoplatonists. Since many of the sources we have are still unedited and in manuscript form, paleography and philology are necessary instruments in this reconstruction of 15th century Florentine philosophical discourse. He is thus also interested in matters of language and style, Greek, Latinity, Neo-Latin, and translation, and the relation between all these matters and the philosophical issues. Current project – A book entitled Pico and the Scholastics, focusing on the way in which different scholastic philosophers reacted to Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463–1494), and the influence of scholastic philosophy on the young humanist thinker as a case study for the reception of scholastic philosophy in late 15th century Florence.

Gottlöber, S
Philosophy and phenomenology of religion.
Philosophical anthropology.
Analysis of tolerance.
Interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
Nicholas of Cusa.

Lebech, M
Philosophy of Human Dignity.
Philosophy of Edith Stein.
Phenomenology of Values and Valuation.

McDonnell, C
Doctoral Thesis: ‘Heidegger’s Recovery of ‘the Being-Question’ in Phenomenology and Phenomenological Research’ (Nov. 2004).
The development of both ‘hermeneutic’ and ‘scientific’ strands in the unfolding of late nineteenth and early twentieth century phenomenology (especially, Brentano, Dilthey, Husserl, Heidegger, and Levinas).
Philosophy of Religion after Kant (especially, Kant, Hegel, Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, Levinas and Henry).
Special Ethics (in particular the topics of: law and morality; the concept and justification of punishment; the history and concept of rights).
Philosophical Anthropology.
Human Consciousness.
German Idealism.
Logic and Epistemology.
Philosophy of Education.

Nolan, S
Carmelite Scholasticism (specifically Gerardus Bononiensis and Joannes Baconthorpe).
Late Medieval Cognitional Theory.
Thomas Aquinas on Time and Eternity.
Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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Under the Structured Research programmes offered at Maynooth University, students will undertake professional, subject specific and transferable skills modules to support the development of their research.

For PhD programmes
1. Students with a Master-level qualification and competence in Philosophy at degree level will be expected to take 15 ECTS credits in Generic Skills or Transferable Skills modules and a minimum of 15 ECTS credits which will be made up of Subject Specific or Advanced Specialist modules as appropriate.
2. Students with no relevant Master level qualification will be expected to take 15 ECTS credits in Generic Skills or Transferable Skills modules and a
minimum of 45 ECTS credits which will be made up of Subject Specific or Advanced Specialist modules as appropriate.

Course Duration: 4 years Full-time, 6 years Part-time

Philosophy is not a qualification to do a particular job; rather it is a valuable component of general education. The expertise gained in Philosophy is of great value in many different careers. Philosophy is a good preparation for an academic career and for careers in journalism, law, radio, television and the media in general, and politics. 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.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHV02 PhD Full-time
MHV03 PhD Part-time

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.

Applicants may be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.


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