The academic discipline known as aesthetics explores a wide spectrum of questions ranging from the role of art in society, the nature and significance of beauty, the foundations of art criticism, and more. Studied from a philosophical perspective, aesthetics aims to provide a set of tools for thinking precisely and rigorously about issues and problems in a variety of domains to do with the arts, aesthetic experience and culture more broadly.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
The Master’s Programme in the Humanities offered by the internationally recognised Philosophy Department at Uppsala University is a two year course leading to a Master of Arts (120 credits) degree in Aesthetics. The Master’s programme is also available as a one year, 60 credit degree, although it is expected that the majority of students will choose the full two year version.
Uppsala University’s International Master’s is unique and provides an exciting set of opportunities for undergraduates who wish to further deepen their academic training. The first year of study is built around compulsory components (including a research seminar). Students concurrently take elective courses, some of which are intensive master classes offered by renowned international visiting scholars. There are opportunities to take such courses not only at Uppsala but also at other Swedish universities. Students will develop an individual study plan with the convener of the Master’s programme and will be assigned a supervisor in preparation for writing a thesis during the second year of the course.
The second year of the course comprises a special semester long course for Master’s students developing their research. Students will continue to take elective courses and begin work on their thesis. The second semester is dedicated to thesis writing and culminates in the thesis defense.
The structure of this course mirrors closely that of a Swedish doctoral degree and will provide excellent preparation for students thinking of continuing their studies at the doctoral level in Sweden or elsewhere, in addition to those who plan to terminate their studies at the Master’s level. The department is able to offer specialised supervision in a wide a range of subject areas within Aesthetics and Philosophy. In addition to Aesthetics, the Philosophy Department also has significant strengths in Practical Philosophy (including Applied Ethics and the Philosophy of Law), Theoretical Philosophy (including the Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Science), the History of Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Anthropology.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Aesthetics as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within Aesthetics, Philosophy, Music, Literature or Art History. Also required is 60 credits in Aesthetics or a similar field of study.
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
- IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
- TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
- a statement of purpose (1 page).
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000
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