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Degree Master of Arts
Application required access-restricted
Course commences winter semester / summer semester
Standard course duration 4 semesters
format options full-time / part-time
Language requirements certified proficiency in Latin or Greek (on final examination)
Language of instruction German
Other features postgraduate / consecutive

Faculty of Philosophy


Course Outline

Central to the M.A. course in Philosophy at Heidelberg University is the study of classical texts from the history of philosophy and the investigation of systematic issues in philosophy, such as metaphysics, the theory of science or language philosophy. The aim of the four-semester programme is to enable students to engage independently with philosophical argumentation and thus acquire the ability to grasp the concerns of ongoing philosophical research.

Course structure

The M.A. course in Philosophy normally follows on from a prior B.A. programme in the same subject, although in exceptional cases it is also open to students with a B.A. degree in a related subject. The standard duration of the course is four semesters. The degree awarded at the end of the course is Master of Arts (M.A.).

The M.A. course in Philosophy at Heidelberg University does not admit of a subsidiary or minor subject. However achievements in classes with demonstrable relevance to Philosophy attended at other institutes may be recognised and awarded credit points not exceeding the number normally acquired in subsidiary (minor) subjects (20 CP).

There are M.A. degree courses at Heidelberg University that do require a subsidiary subject. In conjunction with these programmes you can also study Philosophy as a subsidiary (minor) subject.

The course divides into

  1. compulsory modules on systematic philosophy
  2. compulsory modules on the history of philosophy
  3. modules enabling you to specialise in accordance with your own interests and with a view to defining a topic for your later M.A. thesis and (if so desired) a doctorate
  4. the conduct of independent projects and/or selection of a further elective topic.

Subsidiary (minor) subject

The M.A. course in Philosophy can be taken as a subsidiary (minor) subject accounting for 20 CP.

Main research interests

The main research interests of the Philosophy Department are also reflected in the curriculum.

  1. philosophy of Antiquity, Platonism and neo-Platonism
  2. history of philosophy in the modern age
  3. classical (mainstream) German philosophy
  4. contemporary philosophy
  5. philosophy of the mind and analytic language philosophy
  6. theory of science and scholarship, history of science and scholarship

Formal requirements

Access to the course is restricted. The current Admission Regulations are available here.

Prospective students from Germany

Prospective students from Germany can enrol without prior application at the Central University Administration building by the beginning of the lecture period. To matriculate, they are required to show a written statement of admission issued by the representative of the Master’s programme they wish to attend, confirming that the requirements set out in the Admission Regulations have been met. Please apply to the Department of Philosophy for further information on how to proceed.

International prospective students

Prospective students from other countries must apply in writing, so that their previous academic record can be verified. The deadline for international applicants is 15 June for the following winter semester. Applications must be addressed directly to the International Relations Office. Please use the M.A. application form here and enclose the necessary documents.

Further information

Current information on procedure

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations M.A. (31 March 2009)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

Academic advisor

PD Dr. Reiner Manstetten
Schulgasse 6, Office 106
phone: +49 (0)6221 542282


Department of Philosophy
Schulgasse 6
D-69117 Heidelberg


Office 124
phone: +49 (0)6221 542284
fax: +49 (0)6221 542278

Student representation

Schulgasse 6,Office 116

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