Philosophy (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
University College Dublin offers the Philosophy (Hons) programme leading to a Bachelor of Arts. Maths, sciences, literature or history are all equally good preparation for studying Philosophy. The main requirement is a capacity for clear thinking and methodical argument.

About

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Hons) degree is offered by University College Dublin.

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:

  • How can we know anything?
  • Do we have free will?
  • What is consciousness?
  • How should we live?
  • Does God exist?

The University College Dublin is offering a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Hons).

Key Fact: Corporate headhunters often target Philosophy graduates.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Careers that involve problem-solving abilities, imagination and the communication of complex ideas in a clear and coherent form will welcome Philosophy graduates. Our graduates have established careers in areas such as:

  • Media
  • Law
  • IT
  • Management
  • Advertising
  • Politics
  • Civil and diplomatic services
  • Education
  • Humanitarian NGOs

Students may continue to graduate study at MA and PhD level in universities in Ireland and abroad, from Paris to Oxford to Harvard.

International Study Opportunities

Recent students have extended their studies with a year abroad in partner universities in Auckland, Paris, Leuven, Seattle and Siena.

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, University College Dublin is a large (20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

You will be introduced to a wide spectrum of philosophical approaches, from ancient thought through to existentialism and conceptual analysis. Themes will include:

First Year

  • Morality and Political Identity
  • Freedom and Personal Identity
  • Knowledge and Truth
  • Mind and Meaning
  • The Idea of Evil
  • Alienation and the Death of God

Second & Third Year

  • Plato, Aristotle and Medieval Philosophy
  • Rationalism and Empiricism
  • Hume and Kant
  • Hegel, Heidegger and German Idealism
  • Critical Social Theory
  • Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Mind and Language
  • Law and Religion


English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade A):

    200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

When submitting an application to the CAO it must be accompanied by the following documentation (or followed by the documentation if applying on-line):

  • Certified true copy of official transcripts of academic results.
  • A certified English translation of qualifications not issued originally in English, in addition to the certified copies of the documents themselves.
  • In some cases, the final school report is also required.
  • Proof of proficiency in English language if not through school-leaving qualifications.

In the absence of these documents and translations the application will not be processed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1,100 - 1,800 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The State pays the tuition costs for eligible full-time, non-repeat undergraduate, EU/EEA/Swiss confederation students.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.