At Saarland University, the study of philosophy is…

  • systematic: philosophy is concerned primarily with addressing and examining philosophical questions, and only secondarily with the history of philosophical thought.
  • analytical: philosophy is bound by the constraints of logic and by the ideals of clarity and rigour.
  • cooperative: philosophy maintains close ties to other academic disciplines, such as those with a strong mathematical structure like physics, informatics and economics, but also to disciplines such as law, classical philology, theology, art history and musicology.
  • international: research and teaching in philosophy at Saarland University are informed by current international research in philosophy, which is why many of the courses are based on the study of texts published in English and why a number of modules are taught in English.

The Master's programme "Philosophy" is open to students of all disciplines. It is not restricted to students who have already completed a Bachelor's degree in the subject. Students without prior exposure to philosophical study can subsequently acquire the knowledge and skills normally obtained during a Bachelor's programme.

The single-subject Master's programme offers students considerable freedom to tailor the programme to meet their individual requirements. Students can…

  • study the full breadth of the subject or can select areas of specialist interest in theoretical or practical philosophy,
  • choose to study only at Saarland University or to conduct some of their studies at universities in neighbouring countries such as in Nancy (France) or in Luxembourg, or pursue a full study-abroad semester,
  • study philosophy in its purist form, can adopt a strong interdisciplinary approach, or can choose to focus on practical applications.

Graduates from the M.A. programme in Philosophy at Saarland University have learned to think in a clear and structured manner, know how to distinguish between good and bad arguments and they are skilled in abstract reasoning. Philosophy graduates find employment in a very wide range of fields including research and education, the cultural sector, politics, business, higher-education and adult education, publishing, journalism, working for political parties and NGOs or as consultants in, for example, the areas of environmental or medical ethics.

Course of study Philosophy
Type of programme Consecutive Master's degree programme
Accreditation Quality assurance system accredited by the Accreditation Council
Can be studied as Single-subject programme or subsidiary subject in a dual-subject programme
Possible combinations Subject combinations (in German)
Language of instruction German and English
English language requirements GER: B2
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Degree qualification Master of Arts (M.A.)
Start of programme Winter semester (recommended) or summer semester
Admission restriction No
Application deadline 28.02.2018 for summer semester 2018
For applicants without proof of German language proficiency: 15.01.2018
Where to apply Online application portal (in German)
Study counselling Central Student Advisory Service
Course advisers Contact the course adviser
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