The strengths of the Stuttgart Institute of Philosophy lie in the combination of basic research and application in the areas of epistemology and philosophy of science, philosophy of technology, aesthetics, philosophy of mind, language and culture, ethics and political philosophy. In the course of their studies, students refine the philosophical methods of contributing independently to the research discourse in these areas.

The master's degree is always studied in conjunction with a regular teacher training course. The master’s degree enables students to teach a third subject.



  • Degree in a bachelor's degree program lasting at least six semesters (or an equivalent degree)
  • Degree in the respective course or a course with very similar content
  • Depending on the course, there may be additional requirements. The exact admission criteria can be found in the admission regulations

Admission with conditions

In the case of admission with conditions, you will be admitted, but you must catch up on certain examinations from the bachelor's degree before you register for the master's thesis. This can be the case, for example, if you completed your bachelor's degree at another university or a university of applied sciences and did not take seminars or modules there that you need for the master’s degree at the University of Stuttgart. The final decision as to whether your professional aptitude is recognized as sufficient is made by the admissions committee .

Graduated from a university of applied sciences

A degree from a university of applied sciences (formerly a university of applied sciences) or the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University basically entitles you to study for a master’s degree at a university, according to the State University Act.

Admission restriction (NC)

In master’s courses in which the number of study places is limited (Numerus Clausus (NC)), ranking lists are created for the allocation of study places based on the criteria that are a prerequisite for admission to the master’s course. The admission regulations for the relevant master’s degree program regulate further details.

Course-specific features

Apart from the admission with conditions, there are other variants of admission depending on the subject:



  • Latinum or Graecum



In addition to the license to teach philosophy and ethics at grammar school, which you obtained with the state examination, you can also be used universally in the philosophy / ethics teaching profession due to the skills imparted in the course. There are few fields of work reserved directly for philosophers. We are looking for graduates of philosophy in large numbers for the skills acquired in the course for networked and interdisciplinary thinking as well as for quick and comprehensive analysis of the most complex issues as well as for familiarization with interdisciplinary contexts and for communication and mediation. In particular, the following fields of activity come into question:

  • Scientific and economic services
  • Information, communication, arts and entertainment
  • Social affairs
  • Education and instruction
  • administration
  • Associations and associations
  • International organizations
  • research
  • consultation

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