Research Postgraduate Courses

The Philosophy Discipline is committed to fostering a strong sense of community amongst its Graduate Students by facilitating regular opportunities for Graduate Students to meet and discuss Philosophical issues. Students have the following opportunities for developing their philosophical knowledge and skills:

  1. A Philosophy Seminar Series meets regularly at which students can present their research.
  2. The Philosophy Discipline  host conferences with prominent Irish and international speakers on a regular basis.
  3. A Tutorial Teaching Development Group meets several times a semester to support students in developing their skills in the area of teaching 

PhD Booklet for 22/23

Programme Director for Structured Ph.Ds, Master of Letters Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Prof Felix Ó Murchadha:    Email address:

Student Representatives:

PhD students:  TBA


Funding opportunities

Funding Opportunities for Structured PhD programmes:

  1. Galway scholarships
  2.  Irish Research Council 
  3.  NUIG Hardiman Scholarships (Ph.D)


Philosophy Seminar Series

The Philosophy Seminar Series meets every Monday during term time.   This seminar provides an opportunity for Graduate Students to present their work in progress in a constructive and non-threatening environment.  For information on the Philosophy Seminar Series contact

Philosophy Teaching Development Group

The Teaching Development Group meets about 4 times a semester and is open to all postgraduate students. Its main purpose is to support students in the development of their teaching skills in philosophy. The group is characterised by its collegial atmosphere and the participation of students at all levels of teaching experience. It provides support to those who are teaching in the department, but also introduces students to a variety of issues that are relevant for teaching philosophy in higher education. For information on the Teaching Development Group contact

Information about our current‌ Research students and research topics (See below)




Beirne, David


Between Immanence and Transcendence: On the Religious Significance of the Hegelian Middle

Couch Joanne

Ph.D. in Arts & Culture

An Investigation of Installation Art through the Phenomenological Method

Coventry, Rachel

Ph.D. in Arts & Culture (Completed)

Poetry and Process: A Heideggerian Perspective

Crowley, Greg


The Two Worlds of Edmund Husserl: World as correlate of Consciousness and World as Lifeworld.

This project seeks to clarify Husserl's conceptions of world as described in his middle and late philosophy, trace the essential linkages between both conceptions and demonstrate that they are not mutually exclusive but, instead, unifiable models of one objective world that is not the creation of a self-referential, solipsistic consciousness.

McKeown, O'Donovan, Annie

 Ph.D. (Completed)

 'Ethics and Assisted Dying in Ireland'

Elvis, Lucy

 Ph.D. in Arts & Culture (Completed)

 'Reading Building:  A Gadamerian Account of Architecture'

McEvaddy, Aisling


 The unknowable self:   Imlications of Nietzsch's Philosophical Psychology for the possibility of freedom and morality (IRC funded project)

Hansen, Chris


 'Nietzsche will to power metaphysics'

Kavanagh, Johanna

 Ph.D. in Arts & Culture

 The Culture of Olfaction: History, Art and PHilosophy

McHugh, Steven


 'Nietzsche, Art and Modernity'

Milne, Oliver 


 'Against computationalism: computation, consciousness, and the limits of the scientific image' - Oliver's project is an investigation of whether consciousness could be a matter of a system implementing a particular computation.   His work builds on arguments made by John Searle and Hilary Putnam, as well as the ontological work of Amie Thomasson.

Oliver has previously studied at Oxford and CEU, and has worked as a journalist and a game designer.   His other philosophical interests include metaethics, value theory, and the philosophy of games.

 Roe, John

Ph.D.  (Completed)

 Faith, the Limits of Reason, and the Role of Language

Abstract:    My thesis tackles Kierkegaard's view of faith, reason, and existential despair, as a relation to the philosophical viewpoints of Kant, Hamann, and Jacobi. My aim is to find a more positive relationship between reason and faith that goes beyond the Kierkegaardian disjunction. The role of language expression in relation to the limits of reason will be a key perspective in addressing what both Kant and Kierkegaard have to say about reason's relation to religious faith.

O’Rourke, Jonathan

Ph.D.  (Completed)

Expression and Silence: The Language of Phenomenology in Wittgenstein and Heidegger

 Summary:    My research forms a comparative study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger in relation to the problem of phenomenological expression. My central argument is that by reading Wittgenstein in this way, we can begin to make sense of the qualified equivalence he draws between his own phenomenology in 1929, and his earliest experiments in ordinary language philosophy in the Philosophical Remarks. The very same problem-set, I suggest, can be found in Heidegger’s early Freiburg lectures. Many of his key concepts, such as formal indication and phenomenological destruction, are developed as a direct response to the limits of language. By looking to the sense in which his hermeneutic phenomenology overcomes such linguistic constraints, we find the best correlate in the continental tradition for Wittgenstein’s account of philosophical grammar. It is on the basis of this comparison, I suggest, that the phenomenological relevance of Wittgenstein’s later work can be best understood.

Publications:   Heidegger on Expression: Formal Indication and Destruction in the early Freiburg lectures, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 2018,Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 109-125

 Hardiman, Michael

 Ph.D. (Completed)

 'Hannah Arendt and Mass Evil:   A Critical examination of Arendt's concepts of ideology and banality'

Querini, Gino

Ph.D. in Arts & Culture (Completed)

Kantian influences on Aby Warburg’s Thought.   The Role of Orientation.

Semba Matthews


On the Value of Knowledge:  From Plato’s ‘Meno’ to the contemporary debate