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Philosophy is the study of what really matters: the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, morality and aesthetics.

The Philosophy Department covers all areas of philosophy, with a special emphasis on Ancient Philosophy, Ethics and Political Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Science and Mathematics, and Wittgenstein Studies.

In the master’s programme in Philosophy you will discuss questions like:

  • What is knowledge and how is it different from true belief? What really exists? Do numbers, souls, markets, and the future exist? Do I exist?
  • Is there a universal rule, or principle that distinguishes right from wrong? Is morality subjective? Is it relative to human communities and historical periods?
  • What is the best form to organize human society? Are values like freedom and equality necessarily in conflict? Do we have free will?

Through the study, you will broaden your knowledge and deepen your understanding of key topics in philosophy, and refine your critical skills. You will also develop the skills needed for independent research.

Career

Our graduates have good analytic skills, are self-motivated, and have good written and oral communication skills.

They work in a wide range of industries, like publishing, media, politics, business, and academia.

72 % of alumni with a degree from the Faculty of Humanities say that they have found relevant work within two years of graduating. You can continue in academic research by pursuing a PhD.

Structure

The programme covers two academic years (four semesters) and can be started in either the autumn or spring.

Course plan with a 60 ECTS master’s thesis:

Semester 1

  • FIL342 Thesis Development and Methodology (10 ECTS)
  • FIL232 Master’s topic in Theoretical Philosophy (10 ECTS)
  • Elective reserach topics in Philosophy (10 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • FIL344 Master Topic in Practical Philosophy (10 ECTS)
  • Elective reserach topics in Philosophy (20 ECTS)

Semester 3 and 4

  • FILO350 Master’s thesis (60 ECTS)

Course plan with a 30 ECTS master’s thesis:

Semester 1

  • FIL342 Thesis Development and Methodology (10 ECTS)
  • FIL232 Master’s topic in Theoretical Philosophy (10 ECTS)
  • Elective reserach topics in Philosophy (10 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • FIL344 Master Topic in Practical Philosophy (10 ECTS)
  • Elective reserach topics in Philosophy (20 ECTS)

Semester 3

  • Elective reserach topics in Philosophy (30 ECTS)

Semester 4

  • FILO351 Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)

Admission Requirements

A first degree (Bachelor´s degree) of three or four years´ duration from an approved institution of higher education, as well as documented proficiency in the English language. Your Bachelor´s degree must have a specialization in philosophy. The specialization should correspond to at least three semesters of full-time study, 90 ECTS credits.

In order for us to be able to evaluate your application, we need specific documentation on the relevance of your former university education. The documents listed below must be included in order for your application to be processed.

1. The application must – in a separate document/letter – point out the exact courses within the field of philosophy that, taken together, are equivalent to three semesters of full-time study (90 ECTS credits) in the field.

2. Course descriptions for relevant courses must be submitted and the number of credits connected to each course should be documented.

3. You must also submit documentation showing the number of credits or the number of courses that equal a full-time study load of one semester. This could for instance be a statement from your home university.

4. You should also present a statement of purpose for a future Master’s thesis.

5. All applicants must also provide additional evidence of English language proficiency, for example Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Students from countries where the language of instruction is English need not submit this documentation.

Applications that fail to include all the above mentioned documentation will not be processed.

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