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Master of Arts

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The degree program

Reinforcing philosophical knowledge and skills are taught in this Master's degree program, since the teachers of this subject link outstanding research to internationally connected and recognised research focuses, such as philosophical gender research, philosophy of language or Kant research.

Students profit from a wide-spread study offer with focuses on cognitive science, philosophy of the mind, ontology, practical philosophy and history of philosophy. The abilities of analysis and interpretation of texts, critical reflection, argumentation and problem solving are reinforced here. The regular lectures, colloquiums and exclusions also give students insights into current international research debates.

The M.A. Philosophy can be studied in the major-minor combination (major or minor subject) and comprises the following modules:

  • M 1: Philosophy of nature and culture
  • M 2 : Issues of theoretical philosophy
  • M 3 : Issues of practicak philosophy
  • M 4 : Self-studies
  • M 5 : Extension module
  • M 6 : Research module

In particular in module M4: Self-studies: students develop their ability of independent learning and research. Intensive and individual support by the professors and their employees is ensured by the beneficial relation of students and teachers.

The studies provide ideal preparation for postgraduate studies in the subject of Philosophy or work in other areas connected to philosophy. This includes in particular publishing, journalism, personnel management, media, public and private facilities of science administration and organizations or institutions of education and further education. Additionally, the Master's degree program, in combination with other qualifications, prepares for work in facilities of education and science management (libraries, archives, museums or institutes).


In the major-minor combination Philosophy can be combined with the following minor subjects:

Philosophy cannot be studies in the research-oriented subject combination program. werden.


Admission requirements

To be admitted to the Master's degree program in philosophy, one must have a Bachelor of Arts degree in a relevant subject or a degree of in an equivalent degree program in philosophy and have achieved at least the grade good (2.0). Relevant subjects are philosophical main and secondary study programs. The technical examination board for philosophy can grant an exception based on a written justification by the seminar spokesman.
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Study organization

Examination regulations/degree plan/module manuals/internship rules

Examination regulations (POs) specify the basic structures of a degree program (e.g. admission requirements and contents to be studied). Students are automatically subject to the current version of their PO when they matriculate for their first subject-related semester. This means that even if the PO changes during their studies, the original version according to which they matriculated will remain valid (provided that the PO does not expire).
The respective degree plan is the recommended example progress of the studies in individual subjects and is part of a PO.
Supplementary provisions and details for any module to be studied can be found in the module manually (e.g. requirements for taking a written test or content-related information on the modules/events, ...).
The internship rules define the conditions under which the required or optional internships must be completed.

We recommend at least looking at the study schedule for your degree program before the lecture time starts, to ensure that you know which modules are intended for the start of your studies.