The Philosophy Department at the University of Salzburg, Faculty of Cultural and Social Philosophy, offers a two-year taught MA in Philosophy. The program is now open for both Austrian and international students. Courses can be taken either exclusively in English, or partly in English and partly in German (up to 50% in German). Here you will find the CURRICULUM.
The Philosophy Department in Salzburg is one of the few fully analytic departments in continental Europe. Building on the strengths of the department, students will choose courses on a wide range of topics, including Philosophy of Science (with a focus on Philosophy of Climate Science, Evidence and Evidence-Based Decision Making, Formal Epistemology, Philosophy of Physics), Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics and Aesthetics. The courses available for MA students are mostly small seminars allowing close contact with the faculty.
There are no tuition fees for EU citizens, and the tuition fees for overseas students are quite low. Students have therefore mostly only to cover their living expenses. For details and for scholarship options, see below.
The philosophy faculty includes experienced senior faculty members as well as young upcoming researchers. The theoretical philosophy unit is led by Professor Christopher Gauker; the logic and philosophy of science unit is led by Professor Charlotte Werndl (also a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics). Other members of staff include Johannes Brandl, Bettina Bußmann, Alexander Hieke, Leonhard Menges, and Julien Murzi. There is also a large postdoc and visiting researchers community.
The Philosophy Department in Salzburg has a lively, collegial, and research-oriented atmosphere. Postgraduate students in Salzburg regularly take part in the full variety of events at the Department. These include an ongoing colloquium series (approx. 14 speakers per year), research seminars, where staff members and philosophers from other universities present their work, the graduate seminar, in which MA and PhD students present their work to faculty and peers, and a number of workshops and conferences, often organized in collaboration with the Department’s international research partners: the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine, the MCMP at LMU Munich, and the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. Students can also choose from a variety of exchange programs, with possible destinations including the University of Groningen and the University of Konstanz. Finally, every year the Postgraduate Philosophy students in Salzburg organize SOPhiA, currently the largest yearly graduate conference in Philosophy.
The program offers the opportunity of carrying out all coursework in English. German speaking students can do up to 50% of the required course work in German. Master theses may be written in English or German.
Duration and structure of the program
The MA is a two-year program (four semesters, 120ECTS). The first three semesters focus on coursework (seminars, lectures, essay writing), but also provide an opportunity to interact with other postgraduate students, as well as with visiting faculty in the colloquium-series of the department. The fourth semester is dedicated to writing a Master’s thesis.
For admission to the Master’s program, students must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a recognized domestic or foreign University or post-secondary educational institution. The degree need not be in philosophy. Both students with or without a degree in philosophy must provide evidence during the qualitative selection process that they are sufficiently prepared for succeeding at the MA level. If a student’s qualification is considered insufficient for entering the MA-program in philosophy, students may be required to complete additional course work worth up to 45 ECTS credits.
See below for special regulations for Salzburg students.
Students who wish to take courses in English should have competency in English to the C1 level. Students who wish to take courses in German should have competency in German to the B2 level.
Tuition is free for EU-citizens. The current rate of tuition fees for non-EU students is 727 Euros per semester. For information about scholarships, see this link
Application and selection process
A maximum of 20 students will be accepted into the program each academic year. The application process is in two steps: (i) a qualitative selection process and (ii) a formal application to the University. In order to take part in the qualitative selection process, applicants should send to Ms Kathrin Hommel (kathrinDOThommelATSIGNsbgDOTacDOTat) the documents detailed under ‘Submissions’ below. Successful applicants will then be asked to formally apply to the University (see How to apply).
While we accept applications all year long, early application is recommended. In order to begin in the Autumn semester of any given year, EU students should apply before June 30, non-EU students before April 30. Later applications will be considered for the next academic semester, starting at the beginning of March the following year.
Note: Students holding a BA at the University of Salzburg can apply to the MA program without taking part in the qualitative selection process. They must hold a BA either in “Philosophy”, “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” or “Psychology and Philosophy”.
- A curriculum vitae (CV), listing your postal and email addresses, your educational history, your language skills, and any relevant academic accomplishments.
- A complete list of the courses you have taken at the bachelor’s degree level, including the titles of courses, the grades obtained in those courses, and, if it might be unclear, information on the grading system. An official transcript will have to be submitted before admission is formally granted.
- A personal statement (ca. 500 words) explaining (i) your general interest in studying philosophy, (ii) the specific areas of philosophy that most interest you, and (iii) your expectations related to studying philosophy at the University of Salzburg.
- A writing example, e.g. an essay written for a seminar in the Bachelor program (up to 8000 words).
Confirmation of authorship
The writing example must contain the following statement of authorship: “I hereby declare that this essay is entirely my own work and that any additional sources of information have been duly cited. I understand that failure to declare any sources of information or help for the writing sample may have the consequence that I am required to withdraw from the MA program.”
All documents should be assembled in a single PDF file with a title in the following format: LastNameFirstNameApplication.pdf. Please assemble the components in the following order: 1) CV, 2) courses and grades (or transcript), 3) scan of C1 certificate, 4) personal statement, 5) writing sample.