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Master of Arts
4 semesters
winter semester&summer semester
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Please note that the subject-specific regulations of 1 August 2023 will not come into force until summer semester 2024

The Bielefeld Master's programme in Philosophy places a strong emphasis on developing and discussing one's own philosophical contributions. This takes place in specially designated forums, the workshop seminars. This focus is not only on the professional practice of academic philosophy, but also specifically promotes those qualifications that make philosophy graduates successful in other professional fields: analytical-argumentative skills, skill in independently developing topics and the ability to write appropriate and convincing texts. These skills are sought after in a variety of professional fields, such as publishing, public relations, foundations, etc.

In the Master's programme, you will deal intensively with complex philosophical topics in small groups. Our Master's programme offers you a sound education in theoretical and practical Philosophy, while still allowing you to deepen your knowledge in one of these two areas. The graduate and workshop seminars are competently led teaching events and at the same time provide a forum for intensive discussion among the participants. The discussion is based on thorough textual study, for which the degree programme provides sufficient time. In addition to written skills, the presentation workshop trains you to give your first presentations under supervision. In the satellite seminar, you have the opportunity to work on your own topic ideas in small groups in guided self-study. In the department's colloquia, you also have the opportunity to discuss philosophical work with researchers at later career stages.

The Bielefeld Department of Philosophy offers a particularly suitable environment for advanced philosophy studies. The scientific expertise of the department (especially, but not only, in analytical Philosophy) also benefits you, as our teaching staff are discussion and contact partners for you.

The courses

You will find the programme of lectures for this course in the eKVV.

An overview of the introductory and information events is provided by the central student counselling services.

Formalities / Important information

Course start

Studies can be commenced in both winter and summer semesters. Courses are targeted to commencing studies in winter semester. Student counselling to plan the course of studies is recommended.

Length and scope of studies

The standard period of studies is 4 semesters.

The studies Philosophy comprise 120 credit points.

Access requirements

Access to the Master programme is granted to those who can provide evidence that they have a first university degree which has a standard period of study of at least six semesters, qualifies for exercising a profession and is in accordance with the subject-specific regulations.

In any case, please read the specific Admission requirements for this Masters programme in the Subject-specific regulations (PDF).
Degrees from accredited Bachelor programmes at German ‘Berufsakademien’ are equivalent to Bachelor degrees from universities.

Applicants with a university degree obtained abroad are granted access provided that the degree they have acquired is deemed sufficient for this purpose and they can provide evidence of the required language skills.
Further information on required language skills

Application, admission and enrolment  1

The study places for this degree programme are not subject to any admission restrictions (numerus clausus). Nevertheless, you need to apply within the currently applicable application deadlines.

As soon as you receive a positive response in the application and status portal (notice of access from the faculty), you can submit your application for enrolment within the set deadline. If you are already enrolled at Bielefeld University, you need to apply for a change of degree programme.

You can find more detailed information on the application process as well as information on the enrolment procedure on the pages of the Student Office.

To the application portal

Further links

Internet pages of the subject Philosophy

Internet pages of the responsible institution(s):

Department of Philosophy with the courses offered



Die Angaben zu Zulassungsbeschränkungen / Numerus clausus beziehen sich auf die Bewerbung zum Wintersemester 2023/24 und Sommersemester 2024. Informationen zu NC Werten aus früheren Jahren finden Sie auf dieser Seite.