Philosophy (Master of Arts)
|Degree: Master of Arts|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Language: German, selected lectures/seminars in English|
|Internship: a career-oriented full-time internship lasting a minimum of six weeks, which must be completed at the latest upon registration for the Master’s examination and may be accredited as part of course requirements (see semester course schedule); further information|
Requirements for Admission:|
1.Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrollment) are comprised of a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree from the same programme or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office.
Please also note the general information on the Master of Arts degree programme, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.
2.English language skills at B2 level (GER): school-leaving certificate/diploma with English as third/fourth exam subject with a minimum of 8 points or equivalent.
|Admission Procedure: As long as the eligibility requirements (suitability test) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester or summer semester|
Application Deadline: July 15 (for winter semester); January 15 (for summer semester).|
Please note: You should apply well before the deadline (~ 12 weeks) if you also need to apply for visa.
|Special Features: —|
The Master of Arts in Philosophy programme is designed to both deepen and broaden the specialised knowledge and skills acquired during the Bachelor degree programme and to provide research opportunities in a specific area of the student’s choosing. Research specialties in the Philosophy Department of TU Darmstadt comprise Philosophy of Science, Social Philosophy, and Technical and Cultural Philosophy.
Compulsory courses are taken from the fields of both Theoretical and Practical Philosophy, as well as the module Lebenswelt and Science. The Focus Area modules allow students to more deeply focus on and to broaden knowledge of sub-fields that are of particular interest in the three previously-mentioned modules. The elective courses provide an introduction to the practice of philosophical research, which also includes an internship opportunity. This discipline also leads in interdisciplinary directions, so that students may choose elective courses from other fields, including history, political science, sociology, linguistics and literary studies, theology and social ethics.
Further information may be found here.
Advice for Prospective M.A. Students
While a Bachelor’s degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master’s degree serves to upgrade the qualifications of graduates. The Master’s degree focuses more than the Bachelor’s degree on enabling and requiring students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
Related Degree Programmes
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Philosophers find careers in various fields. Positions may be available not only in teaching and research at universities, but also in administration, in educational institutions outside mainstream schooling, in media and communications fields, in unions and other organisations, journalism, tourism, libraries/archives and in personnel departments. In order to successfully start a career, however, additional field-specific qualifications may be necessary.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites: