GradDip Philosophy

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

You will develop your skills of critical analysis in both speech and writing, precision and clarity in your self-expression and a much more nuanced appreciation of central philosophical questions.


  • School considered in the world’s top ten for “20th Century Continental Philosophy”
  • Two streams to choose from: (i) General; (ii) Contemporary European.
  • Students on General stream can take classes in contemporary European philosophy, analytic philosophy and ancient philosophy

Careers & Employability

Philosophy graduates work in diverse fields including business, public-sector management, marketing and advertising, media and broadcasting, recruitment and human resources.
Graduates of UCD School of Philosophy have continued to have successful academic careers in Ireland, UK and the US. Others are prominent playwrights, journalists, human-rights activists, broadcasters, film-makers and musicians.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The programme is suitable for those who have studied some philosophy as part of a university BA degree, and who would like the opportunity to continue their studies in a much more focused environment with like-minded peers and with more support from experienced staff.

Our Graduate Diploma in Philosophy programme is aimed at students who wish to deepen their knowledge of philosophy at graduate level.  It provides a pathway to enter the associated MA programme.  The School of Philosophy encourages our students to be critical philosophical thinkers with the ability to reflect on current philosophical debates, history of philosophical thought and add their own contribution.  We aim to provide a learning environment that fosters collegiality and a pluralistic approach to the main areas of philosophy and encourages students to engage critically with questions.  As the largest teaching and research centre in philosophy in Ireland, the programme benefits from many world-leading figures in philosophy that give invited seminars and conferences throughout the year.  Small group seminars and participation in conferences and workshops are a key element of the programme design.  As such, the programme uses key approaches to teaching such as philosophical debates, critical reflections, essays and paper presentations.



  • A deepened appreciation of the significance and value of ideas in and for internationalisation and globalisation
  • A grasp of how to pursue a career in academic life and the acquiring of transferable skills in research and organisation
  • An awareness of how to present and defend philosophical papers in seminars, workshops, conferences and other fora.
  • An enhanced awareness of how to work with texts, organise a thesis and set out extended philosophical arguments clearly and compellingly.
  • An enhanced awareness of the relevance of philosophy to other academic disciplines and to personal, professional and political life.
  • An extensive knowledge of library and online sources that facilitate research, including classical and foreign language sources.
  • Students on European Philosophy Stream: A detailed study of Kant and Post-Kantian philosophy including classical and contemporary work in Transcendental and Existential Phenomenology and Critical theory

GradDip Philosophy (W226) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 6710
nonEU    fee per year - € 15070

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

This programme is intended for students with a primary degree in Philosophy, or in another degree that has significant philosophical components; an upper second class honours, or international equivalent is required.

  • Candidates with an upper second class honours in a postgraduate conversion course such as a Higher Diploma in Philosophy may be considered.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

  • Graduate Profile
    Sean Murphy, PhD candidate,

    Indiana University
    Ireland’s (especially Dublin’s) rich literary history made it the ideal environment to work in. Whether it was in my flat or in the café, the pub, the library, the coast or the Wicklow hills, I always felt myself immersed in a swell of passionate humanists and explorers of ideas. I was surrounded by individuals who really cared about writing on and researching the depths of the human condition. What I liked most about UCD was the faculty in the School of Philosophy, and my fellow graduate students. The professors were all visibly interested in the success of their students. This was especially evident in my relationships with Brian O’Connor and Jim O’Shea. They both instilled in me the confidence that it takes to move on in philosophy, as I am now doing, as I prepare to begin my doctorate at Indiana University, a top-25 Philosophy programme in the US.

    The following entry routes are available:

    Grad Dip Philosophy (W226)
    1 Years
    Full Time

    * Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised