In the research-oriented master’s program in philosophy, students expand their knowledge of philosophy in the full breadth and diversity of its traditions. Two things characterize the course: it offers students the greatest possible space to delve into specific subject areas in a self-determined manner, and it allows them to deal with the interdisciplinary relationships of philosophy by choosing modules from other subjects. Students acquire analytical, hermeneutic and logical-argumentative skills in dealing with texts that are oriented towards current research questions, as well as the tools of independent scientific work and the communication of its results.


The structure and process of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

In the interdisciplinary study area, modules from other subject areas are completed, which must be chosen in such a way that there are references to the philosophical priorities of the students.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

Classical subject areas

module Theoretical Philosophy I
module Practical Philosophy I

Elective modules (a total of four to choose from the following areas)

Classical subject areas
module Theoretical Philosophy II
module Practical Philosophy II
Specialization area
module State of research - research and written presentation
module State of research - research and oral presentation
module Conception of an independent research project
module Philosophy in public
module Scientific discussion in philosophy

Interdisciplinary field of study


To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in philosophy or an equivalent other university degree with a philosophy component of at least 60 CP,
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER) or an equivalent level of knowledge,
  • Proof of language proficiency in Latin (Latinum) or Ancient Greek (Graecum) or another language at level B2 GER.

The course is restricted in admission.

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin.


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The offer is aimed at students who are aiming for a scientific career in university and non-university research in the subject of philosophy or in interdisciplinary research contexts in the natural, human, social and cultural sciences. The range of courses is also aimed at students who want to pursue non-university activities in which philosophical knowledge and in particular analytical, hermeneutic and logical-argumentative skills are required (e.g. in publishing houses, media, cultural and educational institutions).

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