Please Note: Philosophy is only available to study in Year 1.
This programme is structured to provide students with the skills necessary to appreciate more fully the central concerns of human existence and to develop abilities in problem-solving, reflective communication, writing and critical thinking. Philosophy can be humanistic or technical, historical or contemporary, theoretical or practical.
Studying philosophy will teach you to think logically and critically about issues, to analyze and construct arguments and to be open to new ways of thinking. In addition, you will learn to write clearly and persuasively, absorb and sift complex information and to distinguish between different views and come to a reasoned position.
Foreign language options with this course
There are options to study a language as part of this course. The following option(s) may be selected:
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Careers in law, human resources, advertising, marketing, the media, publishing, politics, health care, social services and journalism are possible career options. High- profile philosophy graduates such as TS Eliot, Woody Allen, the Coen Brothers, creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, Ricky Gervais, Martin Luther King, Elmore Leonard, Wes Anderson, Will Self, Michael Ignatieff, and former US president Bill Clinton are all examples of how studying philosophy can broaden your employment horizons as well as your thinking.