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Philosophy (M.A.)

Programme name: Philosophy
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Start: Summer and winter semester
Part-time studies possible
Degree programme options: Single Honours M.A. in Philosophy (78 C); Joint Honours MA in Philosophy (42 C); module packages: Philosophy as M.A. minor subjects (36 C/18 C)
Admission requirements for Single and Joint Honours MA: B.A. degree or equivalent degree.
Verification required of academic performance in Philosophy comprising at least 50 credits.
Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview
Note for international applicants: For the enrolment at the Faculty of Humanities certified proficiency in German language is required!
Application: application procedure (application to the faculty of humanities)
Language of the programme: German

Programme description:
Philosophy deals with the fundamental question of our theoretical interpretation of the world and practical formation of life. The programme conveys knowledge and methodical skills to enable students to independently interprete and discuss established philosophical concepts as well as deal with philosophical problems on a current scientific niveau. The Master's programme builds upon and deepens previously acquired knowledge and methodical skills so that students will be able to conduct independent research. Graduates of the Master' s Programme in Philosophy will be able to sufficiently contribute independent discussion material that fulfills the scientific demands formally and in regards to content.

Research foci in Göttingen:
The Department of Philosophy currently offers the following concentrations: Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Mathematics, Scientific Theory, History of Philosophy (special concentration: Philosophy of the Modern Period from Descartes to Kant), Theoretical and Applied Ethics, Political Philosophy, Law and Social Philosophy. The Master's programme enables students to specialize in these areas in close connection with the research of the teachers.

Programme structure:
The course block of the programme (26 ECTS) comprises two main modules that may be selected from either the field of theoretical, practical or historical philosophy as well as a profile-forming module that expands or deepens the area of one of the main modules. The research-oriented blocks (16 ECTS) aim to expand the student's ability to conduct independent research and practice scientific presentation forms and take place in a research module as well as a Master supervising module that accompanies the preparation of the Master's thesis.

Occupational fields:
The Master's Programme in Philosophy prepares students for work in all fields that profit from the expert knowledge and competencies in the subject of Philosophy, such as scientific publishing houses, the field of media, in libraries, as well as in private and public research institutes that deal with philosophical or interdisciplinary topics and problems pertaining to the natural or cultural sciences. In addition, the programme gives students the basis they need to continue on with doctoral studies.