Philosophy (Language – Knowledge – Action)

Master programme Philosophy
Master programme

Degree profile

Begin of study
winter- and summer semester
4 semester
Academic degree
Master of Arts (M. A.)
full time and part time
Faculty of Philosophy
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Teaching language

Course Details

The Master's program in Philosophy (Language – Knowledge – Action) enables an in-depth study of the systematic and historical aspects of philosophy. It serves the development of conceptual-argumentative and reflexive skills and promotes the ability to critique and judge normative questions.

The content of the course includes problems and questions from the central philosophical disciplines:

  • history of philosophy
  • philosophy of language
  • epistemology
  • logic
  • philosophy of science
  • ethics
  • political philosophy
  • action theory
  • philosophy of culture
  • philosophical anthropology and
  • aesthetics

Job & Career Perspectives

Our graduates work in the following professional fields:

  • in research and science
  • in cultural and scientific management
  • in the library and publishing industry
  • in bandages
  • in management consultancies
  • in foundations and international organisations

Philosophy in Detail

Structure of the study programme

The programme is divided into a study phase of three semesters and a fourth semester in which the Master's thesis is written.

The following six modules are offered in the study phase:

  • Language and Logic
  • Mind and action
  • Knowledge and world
  • Man and culture
  • Morals and politics
  • History of philosophy

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

Admissions qualification

  •     above-average degree from a Bachelor's programme (grade 2.3 or better) or a comparable university degree

The Master's programme is not only open to graduates of a philosophy programme, but to all those interested in the subject of philosophy. Applicants without any previous knowledge of philosophy must acquire the necessary subject-specific basics (propaedeutics) during the course of their studies.

Language requirements

  • German: Upon application, international applicants must prove German language skills at level B1.
  • A good knowledge of English is generally a prerequisite for studies. Knowledge of the classical languages of occidental philosophy, Greek and Latin, is an advantage. Proof of language skills is not required.

Language Center

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 

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The recommended application period for the Master's programme Philosophy (Language – Knowledge – Action) is from 1 January to 15 July for the winter semester and for the summer semester from 1 November to 15 January. *) **)

*) If your application is received by 15 July or 15 January, the University of Erfurt will endeavour to inform you of the admission decision promptly after reviewing your application. By accepting the place, you can enrol immediately.

**) If we do not receive your application until after the recommended deadline of 15 September or 15 March at the latest, we cannot guarantee that your application will be processed promptly; the last time decisions on admission are made is in the week before the start of lectures.

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Consulting & Service

Student advice and counselling

Prof. Dr. Alex Burri
Studienfachberater Master Philosophie (Sprache - Wissen - Handlung)
(Faculty of Philosophy)
C18 – Lehrgebäude 4 // Raum 230
Office hours
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