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Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Science
(Master of Arts)

© Flammarion: Atmosphère, 1888, p. 163, bearb. Heikenwaelder, Wikimedia Commons
© Flammarion: Atmosphère, 1888, p. 163, bearb. Heikenwaelder, Wikimedia Commons
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Course type
postgraduate studies (master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semester
Course Start
Summer semester, Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
English
Admission
Restricted admission
International

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The study programme is developed around the observation that modern societies are increasingly influenced by scientific and technological developments. These developments have profound effects on social and political systems and on our understanding of ourselves. They thus need to be critically analyzed—a task to which philosophy is ideally suited. Philosophy involves reflection on the conceptual foundations of the sciences, and it can analyze the role of values in science and the sources of the special credibility of scientific results. This Master’s Program aims to provide students with the ability to participate in critical reflection on the sciences.
The master's programme offers courses in core areas of contemporary philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind and moral and political philosophy. There is particular focus on the philosophy and ethics of science.

Further information on the website of the programme Philosophy of Science

Areas of Focus

  • Comprehensive research-oriented training for philosophers
  • Focus on ethics and epistemology of the natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences
Course Content

The degree programme offers participants targeted specializations in different areas of philosophy of science, ethics and political philosophy as well as epistemology and metaphysics. In addition, philosophical core competencies (e.g., research and presentation skills) are also taught, and students are introduced to cutting-edge research topics.

The degree programme consists of required and elective modules (see below)
In addition to required modules, students select two modules from the following required elective modules:

  • Ethics and Philosophy of Science (2 Courses)
  • History and the Philosophy of Human Sciences (2 Courses)
  • Philosophy of the Life Sciences (2 Courses)
  • Philosophy of the Physical Sciences (2 Courses) 
  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Required Module

Core Course: Introduction to  Philosophy of Science

Core Course: Introduction to Formal Methods

   
Required Module 

Project Module

Project Module

   
Required Module Metaphysics, Episemology, Mind & Language (MEML) MEML MEML  
Required Module Moral, Social and Political Philosophy (MSPP) MSPP MSPP  
Required Module Elective courses Elective courses    
Required Electives  

Required Elective Module I 

Required Elective Module I  
Required Electives  

Required Elective Module II

Required Elective Module II  
Required Module       Master's Thesis
Recommended Abilities

This programme is suited to students who have completed their undergraduate studies in philosophy or a closely related subject (whether as a major or a minor), and wish to expand and deepen their philosophical education, with a special focus on questions in philosophy of science.

Career Opportunities
  • A university career in philosophy
  • Research management at higher education institutions and research institutes
  • Work for authorities and ministries (particularly in the fields of science, research, education, technology, the environment, health and social matters)
  • Committees (particularly ethics committees)
  • Involvement in funding bodies, private foundations and associations
  • Publishing, media, freelance journalism and consultancy
Application

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st - January 15th of the year for the summer semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st - January 15th of the year for the summer semester

 

Special Admission Requirements 

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Admission and special language Regulations Degree Course Philosophy of Science

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