Philosophy is a unique 2-year master’s programme that aims to provide students with skills and knowledge of the research methods of contemporary philosophy. Students can choose from four specialisations: history of philosophy, practical philosophy, philosophy of science and theoretical philosophy. The programme is focused on research: all students will work closely together with a supervisor who will help student design the programme based on the student’s interests; students can join many international research groups and conferences and students’ MA thesis has to be on article level.

Why study Philosophy?

  • Unique programme: gives a general overview of philosophy with four specialisations;
  • Internationally connected faculty and international staff, many world famous guest lecturers;
  • Study-related workshops and conferences;
  • Integration into up-to-date philosophy literature;
  • Great research opportunities: students can contribute to ongoing research and participate in conferences.
  • Wide range of literature: the Department of Philosophy and the Centre of Ethics have a common library which gathers systematically both classic and up-to-date literature;
  • International career prospective: graduates can continue their studies or work in any field from public sector to business and journalism.

Why study at the University of Tartu?

  • The University of Tartu belongs to the TOP 1.2% of the world's best universities (QS and THE rankings)
  • Individual approach: advisors help students to design their own individual study plans so that the programme best suits each student’s interests and takes the student’s educational background into account.
  • Real “hands-on” research experience: every master’s student will be integrated into a larger research group or research project.
  • No tuition fee for most students, monthly stipends available.
  • International staff: the department is truly international: over the past few years, we have had philosophers from Germany, Austria, UK, Ireland, Italy, Japan, France, Finland, Mexico and USA teaching in addition to Estonians.
  • Outstanding academic events: every year a number of international conferences and workshops which bring together leading philosophers from all over the world.
  • The department is a member of the Baltic Philosophy Network. Every year, the Network organizes one-week intensive specialized seminars designed for master’s students from the participating universities, and held at one of the institutions (University of Helsinki, University of Iceland, University of Tartu, Tallinn University, University of Latvia, Pedagogical University of Lithuania).
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Last updated April 1, 2019
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3,400 EUR
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