Doctorate in Philosophy

The principal requirement for the award of the Doctorate in Philosophy (DPh) is a major dissertation which proves the candidate’s capacity for scientific investigation and which makes a real contribution to philosophy.

Postgraduate - Full Time
3 Years
Application Deadline:
01st June 2018
Course Start Date:
September 2018
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Introduction

The principal requirement for the award of the Doctorate in Philosophy (DPh) is a major dissertation which proves the candidate’s capacity for scientific investigation and which makes a real contribution to philosophy.

Description

The principal requirement for the award of the Doctorate in Philosophy (DPh) is a major dissertation which proves the candidate’s capacity for scientific investigation and which makes a real contribution to philosophy.  Candidates may also be required to follow a specified range of qualifying courses.

Candidates for the DPh must have achieved a grade of at least Magna cum Laude / Second Class Honours, Grade I / B in the LPh or its equivalent.

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Course Structure

Application Requirements

  • Applicants whose mother-tongue is not English should provide evidence of possessing the necessary level of English, both written and spoken. The requirements correspond to the standards demanded by Maynooth University.
  • Applicants should provide certificates to establish that they have received a Licentiate in philosophy from a recognized institution. Students who have done their philosophical studies in a civil Faculty of Philosophy can only be admitted if their preparation meets the requirements for an Ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy. Where a deficiency exists, certain modules must be taken to satisfy the ecclesiastical undergraduate requirement.
  • Applicants must normally have been awarded at least an upper second or equivalent in their Licentiate degree.
  • Applicants should provide a letter of recommendation showing evidence of their character and integrity. In the case of seminarians or priests, this letter should be provided by their Ordinary or College Rector; in the case of religious or consecrated persons, this should be provided by their Superior or Study Director; in the case of lay students, this should be provided by an ecclesiastical person who knows the candidate well.
  • Applicants should provide a personal statement accompanying their application, in which they provide reasons for applying to study for a Doctorate, the prior preparation and skills (e.g. knowledge of philosophy, organizational and critical thinking abilities, etc.) they possess, and the goals they have, including both short-terms aims for the programme, and long-term goals for their work after the proposed degree.
  •  Applicants should undergo an interview with two members of staff, which will normally be based on the personal statement they have submitted as well as upon their academic history.
  • Applicants should provide evidence that they have a funding plan for their studies.