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Philosophy
Master of Arts

Short description

Short description

The consecutive master programme in philosophy at Heinrich-Heine-University builds on a successfully completed bachelor's course. It aims specifically at students with a strong scientific/academic inclination.


Students may specialise in either Theoretical Philosophy or Practical Philosophy, in order to further pursue their particular interests. The master programme allows for and fosters individual research pursuits, incuding the particupation in conferences, workshops and team projects.

Entry/Admission requirements

Enrollment for the master programme in philosophy requires a bachelor's degree in philosophy or in a related subject, to be completed with an overall grade of at least 2,5. If the requirements are fulfilled is checked in a so-called "Eignungsfestellung" (proof of particular aptitude), for which both the bachelor's degree and the transcript of records have to be handed in. We expect a knowledge of philosophy equivalent in type and extent to the bachelor minor in philosophy. In case of slight deficits, an admission with conditions is possible. In this case, a maximum of two bachelor modules with exams can be completed before the admission for the master thesis. There is no formal restriction on admission(Numerus Clausus).

The master programm can be started either in the summer or in the winter semester.

Programme content

The four-semester master programme in philosophycovers 120 credit points (CP). Students may specialise in either Theoretical Philosophy or Practical Philosophy. Regardless of their choice, modules and courses in neighbouring disciplines and faculties accompany their curriculum, also serving as a career orientation.

The M.A. course reflects the particular strengths and emphases of the Philosophical Department. These comprise the following areas:

  • Political Philosophy and Ethics
  • Philosophy of Science, Logic and Epistemology
  • Metaphysics and Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Culture and Social Philosophy
  • Philosophiy and Its History
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognition

Programme structure

The four-semester master programme in philosophycovers 120 credit points (CP)In contrast to the bachelor's programme, there is no minor subject. Students may specialise in either Theoretical Philosophy or Practical Philosophy. Regardless of their choice, modules and courses in neighbouring disciplines and faculties accompany their curriculum, also serving as a career orientation. From a range of six modules, each comprising 2 lectures or seminars, 4 modules have to be picked and to be completed with an exam.In addition, a team project has to be carried out, in which students work together on a particular research question in a small group and jointly present the results. The programme is completed with a master thesis.

The M.A. course in philosophy teaches the international state of the art in selected philosophical subdisciplines and provides a training in professional methodology. Students learn how to apply, and to critically asses, philosophical ways of thinking and arguing. They acquire the competence to reflect, to express and to justify their views on issues of philosophical concern, written and spoken, and to make use of their philosophical expertise in suggesting solutions for practical and every day concerns. At the same time, the course lays the founcations for advanced studies in philosophy. Moreover, the master programme opens up the potentials of philosophy for intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue.

Programme objectives/Career prospects

Like most university programmes, a philosophy degree is not an immediate job qualification. However, the master programme in philosophy provides students with a broad range of methodological, analytical and linguistic skills and competences. The ability to quickly identify problems, to grasp complex situations and to present solutions in a rhetorically convincing and linguistically differentiated way, is highly appreciated in different sectors and branches. Philosophers are especially characterized by their capacity to think through complex and unclear situations with logical rigour as well as to develop alternative approaches to particular problems. While the master programme is primarily aimed at philosophical research and the preparation for careers in the field of science and academie, such cross-professional skills qualify philosophy graduates especially for managerial functions in the following sectors:

  • Non-University Education, esp. Adult Education
  • Science Management and Science Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Consulting und Coaching
  • Management and Support of Cultural Institutions and Media Houses
  • Consulting and Management of Associations, Societies and Foundations
  • Politics and Policy Counselling
  • Marketing and Journalism
Programme start:
Winter semester
Summer semester
Programme duration:
4 semesters
Language of instruction:
German
Application procedure:
Aptitude assessment
Closing date for enrolment:
01/08/2021 - 01/10/2021
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2021 - 15/08/2021
Relevant documents:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Both available in German only.

Study programme contact:

Dr. Dennis Sölch

Room: 23.31.U1.70

Phone: +49 211 81-14240

Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345

 

For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
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