The 4-semester master’s program in Philosophy has a scope of 120 credit points (CP). A focus is possible in both theoretical and practical philosophy.
The master’s course enables students to develop the current state of research in selected areas of philosophy and to apply philosophical ways of thinking and reasoning independently. The aim is to promote independent and analytical thinking as well as the ability to use philosophical expertise to cope with current life and practical problems. The philosophy at the HHU is part of the analytical philosophy in terms of its methodological orientation. Great emphasis is placed on stringent argumentation and transparency in the reasoning.
The two-year master’s degree in philosophy opens up the possibility of specializing in theoretical or practical philosophy. In contrast to the bachelor’s degree, there is no supplementary subject for the master’s degree. Instead, additional subjects (cooperation subjects) can be included via an interdisciplinary compulsory elective area. From a range of six modules, each comprising two courses, four modules are to be selected and completed with a final examination. In addition, a master's thesis is to be written and a team project to be carried out in which 2-5 students work independently and independently on a research question they have developed.
The master’s degree conveys the international level of knowledge in the selected subject areas and provides training in the application of subject-specific methods. The students are enabled to work out the state of research in selected areas of philosophy and to independently apply and critically assess philosophical ways of thinking and reasoning. The aim is to promote independent and analytical thinking as well as the ability to take a stand on philosophical questions independently in word and in writing and to use philosophical expertise to cope with current life and practical problems. The master’s degree also opens up the potential of philosophy for intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue.
The master’s degree in philosophy requires a bachelor’s degree in philosophy or an equivalent bachelor’s degree with a grade of at least 2.5. An aptitude test is carried out to determine whether the requirements for admission to the master’s degree are met. In order to qualify for our master’s course, we expect knowledge of philosophy that corresponds in type and scope to the bachelor’s supplementary course in philosophy. In the case of minor deficits, admission with conditions may also be possible. In this case, a maximum of two bachelor's modules with final exams must be made up for admission to the master's thesis. There is no admission restriction (Numerus Clausus).
The philosophy course, like almost all university courses, does not constitute a direct professional qualification. The master’s course is primarily aimed at working in philosophical research and the preparation of academic career paths, but also conveys a broad spectrum of methodological, analytical and linguistic knowledge and skills that are in increasing demand in the world of work. The ability to grasp problems quickly, to develop complex interrelationships and to present solutions with language skills is valued in a wide variety of industries. Philosophers are particularly characterized by that they are able to logically penetrate confusing situations and challenges and to develop alternative approaches and solutions. The interdisciplinary skills qualify the graduates in particular for management tasks in the following areas:
Non-university education, especially adult education
Science management and science communication
Business consulting and coaching
Management and support of cultural institutions and media houses
Advice and management of associations, clubs and foundations
Politics and policy advice
Marketing and journalism
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