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Arts - Philosophy

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, truth, justice, beauty, validity, mind, and language. Students are introduced to the ideas of the ancient and modern philosophers who have helped to shape western culture.

As part of an Arts degree, this is one of four subjects you choose from a menu of subjects in first year. You continue with two of your chosen First Year subjects in second and third year. You may have an option to spend an additional year studying abroad.

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DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
BLSXX  5M3789  Legal Studies

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Must have distinctions in any 4 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5/6 qualification.

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Critical thinking and clear, analytical writing are the most important skills students of philosophy will acquire. These skills have immediate practical applications in a range of professions, such as law, teaching, journalism, business and management.

Figures from the UK show a growing demand by employers for philosophy graduates. The number of all graduates in full-time and part-time work six months after graduation has risen by 9% between 2002/03 and 2005/06; for philosophy graduates it has gone up by 13%.

Philosophy graduates are most sought after in the fields of finance, health, social work and business.

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