Philosophy – Field of study catalogue MU
“Understanding and being persuasive.”
The aim of the Master’s degree study programme is to develop and deepen the knowledge and skills acquired in the Bachelor’s degree study programme. Students will become acquainted in detail with the intellectual aspects of the social and cultural evolution of humankind and develop their critical thinking and argumentative skills. The contents of the program include contemporary Anglo-American, French, and German philosophy, ontology, epistemology, comparative ethics, and scientific methodology. Contemporary issues in systematic philosophy, ethics, theory, and scientific methodology are emphasized.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- explain the basic problems of systematic philosophy, ethics, and scientific theory and scientific methodology
- analyse and interpret various theoretical concepts and systems
- prepare a coherent professional philosophical paper on a given theme
- use analytical and decision-making skills to work in managerial posts in cultural and educational institutions, publishing companies, mass media, and humanities-oriented institutions requiring critical and rational thinking
Graduates with this degree are qualified for independent work in state administration, educational institutions, and professional institutions of social sciences and humanities orientations. They can make use of their acquired knowledge and skills in editorial work in journals and publishing companies, and in any positions requiring communicative skills, critical thinking, and unbiased judgment.
Students can enter the program after successfully completing the Bachelor’s study programme and passing the entrance examination.
The standard duration of studies is four semesters. The required number of credits for the single-subject study programme: 33 credits for type A/required courses; 38 credits for type B/selective courses; 15 credits for type C/elective courses; 30 credits for two Master’s diploma thesis seminars; and 4 credits for a foreign language course according to the terms established for language competence of Masaryk University graduates.
The required number of credits for the double-subject study programme: 28 credits for type A/required courses (2 of which must be for a course selected from PH2105, PH2106 and PH2107); 10 credits for type B/selective courses and 30 credits for Master’s thesis seminars (for students writing a Master’s diploma thesis); 10 credits of type B/selective courses and 10 credits for Master’s minor thesis seminars (for students not writing a Master’s diploma thesis); and 2 credits out of a 4-credit exam in a foreign language (2 other credits for an exam in the other study programme) according to the terms established for language competence of Masaryk University graduates.
After completing the fourth semester of the two-year Master’s degree study programme, students are qualified to take the state examination. Students must have earned the required number of credits, meet the university language competence requirements, and have handed in the Master’s thesis or Master’s minor thesis (if the student is writing the Master’s thesis in another study programme). The state examination questions are available on the department website and notice board. Part of the state exam is the defence of the thesis.
After passing the entrance exam, graduates of the Master’s degree study programme can continue in the doctoral study programme in philosophy.