Undergraduate
BA (Hons) Philosophy (Joint Honours)

University College Dublin

Course Overview


Are you interested in thinking for yourself?

Do you like problem solving? Do you want to tackle some of the most challenging questions that have fascinated thinkers for centuries, such as: Do we have free will? What is consciousness? How should we live? Does God exist? What can we learn from art and literature?
Science, literature or history are all equally good preparation for studying Philosophy. The main requirement is a capacity for clear thinking, honesty and discussion.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

What is the length of the course?

3 Years Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

Students may apply to study abroad for a semester or a year in Year 3. Destinations include: France, Germany, Belgium, US and Italy. Students studying Philosophy with Chinese will study abroad for their third year.


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

420

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 19,900 p.a.

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • Philosophy is essentially about dialogue and discussion, about giving reasons and examples, about counter-arguments and counter-examples.
  • You will be introduced to a wide spectrum of philosophical approaches, from Renaissance thought through to existentialism and critical thinking.
  • Although all the modules are based on lectures, many of these are highly interactive.
  • Students can switch into a Single Major in Philosophy at the end of their second year. In doing so they will graduate with a BA Philosophy at the end of their degree.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

YEAR 1 ENTRY

  • Example of high school qualifications that are considered for Year 1 entry are as follows:
    A-Level, IB Diploma, US Diploma, SAT, ACT, AP, ILC, HKDSE, STPM, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, CAPE and NCEA.
  • If you have a different high school qualification you may have to apply for a foundation programme.

FOUNDATION YEAR ENTRY

  • Students who do not meet entry requirements for Year 1 can apply for a foundation programme at most universities. Contact our counsellors for further details and advice on a suitable course for you.

English Requirements

• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
• TOEFL:

  1. A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
  2. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with this.

Special Entry Requirements

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Career Prospects


Corporate head-hunters often target Philosophy graduates for their rigorous analysis of real-world problems and their clear, coherent communication of complex ideas and concepts, and a capacity for detailed research. Philosophy graduates are employed in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in business and management, marketing and advertising, media and broadcasting, public relations, education and human resources. Many Philosophy graduates continue with further study of their discipline or proceed directly to Master’s degrees in social sciences, law, or business. Our graduates have studied at MA and PhD level in internationally renowned universities from Oxford to Paris-Sorbonne to Harvard. UCD philosophy graduates have established prominent careers in Ireland and internationally as barristers, public policy analysts, human rights activists, journalists and academics.

Notes


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