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Course Duration / ECTS4 semesters / 120 ECTS
University degree Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences
ModeFull Time
Study IDD 066 247
Admission Requirements For admission to the Master’s programme, 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, but must be
equivalent to any Bachelor’s degree at the University of Salzburg.
Language of instruction English  Proof of language proficiency

What will I learn?

The Master’s program in philosophy brings students up to the latest developments in various domains of philosophy, such as epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, ethics, normative ethics, metaethics, political philosophy, logic, philosophy of logic, and philosophy of science (with special emphasis on the philosophies of physics, climate change, and economics). 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. The Master thesis may be written in English or German.

Which career opportunities do I have?

The skills taught in a master’s level philosophy program can be applied in many fields: science and cultural management, information technology, environmental protection, adult education, publishing, media, libraries and archives. The international orientation of the program makes it possible for graduates to apply for entry into a PhD program in philosophy anywhere in the world.

Why Salzburg?

The Philosophy Department in Salzburg is one of the few fully analytic departments in continental Europe. Our teachers are leading players in their respective fields, as witnessed by the large amount of competitive research funding they have been awarded in recent years. Among other things, these research projects fund international conferences as well as international postdoctoral researchers who, on top of their research activities, offer a number of advanced graduate classes in English.

MA students will have a chance to learn in small seminar groups, work under the supervision of leading international researchers, give presentations, participate in research seminars, and, more generally, in the (rather active) research life of the department.  

Finally, Salzburg itself is a beautiful, and safe, town, at the heart of Europe, very close to the Alps and the Salzkammergut lakes, boosting a thriving and varied cultural life.

How is the course structured?

Philosophy MA
Module 1 Lectures with exercises 16 ECTS
Module 2 Seminars 18 ECTS
Module 3 Colloquium seminars and master’s seminar 6 ECTS
Module 4 Advanced lectures and seminars 24 ECTS
Free electives 24 ECTS
Master’s thesis 30 ECTS
Master’s exam 2 ECTS
Summe120 ECTS


Ass.-Prof.Dr. Johannes Brandl

Ass.-Prof.Dr. Johannes Brandl
Head of the curriculum commitee for philosophy

Franziskanergasse 1, 5020 Salzburg
Tel.: +43 662 8044-4060
Fax: +43 662 8044-0001