Skulpturen von Philosophen
Bachelor programme

Degree Profile

Begin of study
winter semester
6 semester
Academic degree
Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
full time and part time
Faculty of Philosophy
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Dual-subject Bachelor
major and minor subject
Teaching language
School subject
Teacher relevance
Primary schools, Secondary schools, Special schools, Vocational schools

Course Details

Those who philosophize are concerned with the big questions we ask of our lives and the world:

  • "What can we know?"
  • "What should we do?"
  • "What can we hope for?"
  • "What is man?"

The major and minor subject in Philosophy enables you to discuss such questions systematically with lecturers and other students. The mediation and reading of current and classical texts by great thinkers of the present and the past - such as Plato, Kant or Wittgenstein - become the basis for your own reflection. Intellectual challenge and intellectual enrichment go hand in hand in this way.

The programme conveys subject-specific knowledge in these areas:

  • History of philosophy
  • Practical philosophy
  • Theoretical philosophy
  • Philosophy of science

Job & Career Perspectives

Our graduates are active in these professional fields:

  • teaching ethics in primary, regular or vocational schools (provided that a Master's degree related to teaching profession has been completed),
  • in the field of media and journalism (feuilleton),
  • in cultural and educational institutions,
  • in academies and associations,
  • in the free economy (e.g. management consultancy),
  • in science and research.

Philosophy in Detail

Structure of the study programme

The bachelor's degree course at the University of Erfurt comprises a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor's degree) as well as the fundamental course of study. It aims to impart specialist content and occupational field orientation as well as interdisciplinary skills. The standard period of study is six semesters.

Orientation Phase (First Year)

  • Introduction to the history of philosophy
  • Introduction to logic
  • Introduction to Practical Philosophy
  • Introduction to Theoretical Philosophy

Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)

  • History of philosophy
  • Practical philosophy
  • Introduction to religious studies
  • Theoretical philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science


The major and minor subjects differ in terms of the content and scope of the course. In the major subject a Bachelor thesis is written.

Examinations regulations major Philosophy

Examinations regulations minor Philosophy

Possible combinations

At the University of Erfurt, you will study a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor) in the bachelor's program. You may have to observe combination rules.

Combination rule:

  • Philosophy can be combined with all fields of study.

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Study abroad

Study abroad

A semester abroad in an English speaking country is strongly recommended. The International Office will be happy to assist you in organizing your stay abroad.

Study abroad


Internships during studies

  • Interdisciplinary Internship for Vocational Field
  • optional: Internship for Vocational Field

Further internships for students with the professional goal of becoming teachers:

  • two school type-related school internships in the Bachelor's program

Study teaching profession

Information about study teaching profession

Teacher training takes place in the Bachelor-Master study system. The degree is equivalent to the 1st state examination. Following the Master's program, you will complete the preparatory service, which concludes with the 2nd state examination.
study teaching at the University of Erfurt

Relevance for teacher training

If you follow a master's degree course in teaching, you will acquire the teaching qualification for the subject Ethics at the following schools:

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Vocational schools

Studying to become a primary school teacher

  • Combination of the major subject Primary and Elementary Education with the minor subject Philosophy.

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Studying to become a primary school teacher

Studying to become a secondary school teacher

  • Combination of Philosophy with minor subject (relevant to the teaching profession)

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Studying to become a secondary school teacher

Studying to become a teacher for for special needs pedagogy

  • Combination of the major Special Education and Inclusive Pedagogy with the minor Philosophy

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Studying to become a teacher for vocational schools

  • Philosophy as a general subject

Studying to become a teacher for vocational schools

Admissions qualification

Studying with Abitur

  • general qualification for university entrance or the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or a comparable previous education

General information on the admission requirements (study without Abitur):

Language requirements

Language requirements

  • German: Upon application, international applicants must prove German language skills at level B1.   
  • English: Knowledge at the B2 level

Knowledge of the classical languages of occidental philosophy (Greek and Latin) is an advantage for the degree programme.

Language Centre

The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.

International applicants

International applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of sufficient German language skills (level B1) upon application.

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH):

Language and Admission Requirements 

No admission limitation (without nc)

Without admission limitation (without NC)

At present, no admission limitation (without numerus clausus) is expected.

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Discovery Days

The discovery days at the University of Erfurt mean experiencing "studying up close". Within a week (on as many days as you like) you can attend selected courses (lectures or seminars) and get a taste of campus life. Information and program: Discovery Days

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The major and minor subject in Philosophy is admission-free (without NC).

Application for the two-subject Bachelor's degree:

If you wish to combine Philosophy with an admission-free program (without NC), you can enrol directly from May 1 to September 15.

Enrol now for Philosophy!

f you wish to combine Philosophy with an admission-restricted program (with NC), please apply from May 1 to July 15 via the following link.

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+++ Please note: Due to a changeover of the student administration to a new database system, the existing online services in the applicant administration cannot be used from Monday, 3 June at midnight until Monday, 10 June at midnight at the latest. It will also not be possible to process applications in student administration during this time. We ask for your understanding. +++

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(Faculty of Philosophy)
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(Faculty of Philosophy)
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