Philosophy – Master of Arts


Postgraduate study programme which requires a first higher education degree. For this, the University of Konstanz offers the undergraduate bachelor's programme in Philosophy.

During your MA studies you will expand and deepen your knowledge of philosophy and your methods of thought in close alliance with research. You will apply theories and positions of classical and contemporary philosophers at a very high scientific level. You will have the opportunity to focus on philosophical sub-disciplines, or on interfaces with other subjects (through the choice of compulsory elective subjects). This also enables students to enter the MA programme who have gained their first degree in another subject, have sufficient basic knowledge of philosophy and wish to gain deeper philosophical insights into their own discipline.


DegreeMaster of Arts
Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Language(s)Deutsch | Englisch
Period of study4 semesters
Application deadline17.5. - 15.7. | Mitte November - 15.1.
Admission restrictionsno

Why study Philosophy at Konstanz?

Our Department of Philosophy features systematic areas of focus. This means that, rather than approaching the history of philosophy mainly as the history of ideas, you will be addressing historical positions and the extent to which their contents and arguments are convincing.
In addition to this, the department likes to pursue interdisciplinary approaches in both teaching and research. As a student you will benefit especially from regular offers of interdisciplinary lectures and classes/events.
Our philosophy students enjoy very good study conditions. There are no overcrowded lectures and seminars, usually 5 to 15 students take part in the graduate courses, and the staff-student ratio allows excellent personal contact and supervision. Students can satisfy stronger interests at a large range of conferences, colloquia and workshops based on the department’s numerous research initiatives.



Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

An MA in philosophy is very useful for professional work in for instance the media, the scientific library sector and various cultural sectors as well as in several areas of industry or in scientific organisations.
If you are aiming for an academic career, you will begin your doctoral studies after completing your MA.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

You will take part in a compulsory departmental student advice session at the beginning of the MA programme and at the beginning of the third semester. In the fourth semester you will write your master’s thesis and take the final oral exam.

The MA programme consists of modules and amounts to a total of 120 ECTS credits. At least 84 of these ECTS credits should be in the core subject and up to 36 ECTS credits in the supplementary elective area. Courses in that supplementary area must fit into an interdisciplinary, philosophical overall concept. You may, but you do not have to, choose a supplementary area. Please find further information on the study plan.

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the exam regulations (in German).

Internship and abroad


Internships help you to gain insights into various professional areas and to build up contacts.  During your period of study you will be expected to complete an internship of at least 8 weeks. The staff of the university’s Career Service (in German) will gladly help you to find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad in the second or third semester of your MA in philosophy is highly recommended. Equivalent study and exam achievements acquired during your stay will be recognised.
You can benefit from the great variety of international contacts maintained by the university staff and take part in exchange programmes with leading European and American universities. The university enables study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other offers.


What interests and skills should I have?

You should really enjoy philosophy and be motivated by the desire to deepen your basic knowledge. During your previous undergraduate studies you have already developed your abilities to think logically, to read texts thoroughly and critically, and to structure and write your own. The teaching contents in the department are strongly shaped by the main research areas of the teaching staff. The close interlocking of research and teaching enables you to work at a high scientific level and to independently determine your own areas of special interest from a broad range of courses.

Language skills

International applicants need a documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent.

Teaching language and language(s) of instruction

Teaching languages are German and English.

Admission requirements

German Applicants:

  • Above-average degree (grade 2.5 or better) in the study programme 'Philosophy' or an equivalent programme. In exceptional cases applicants may be admitted who have completed an above-average degree in another study programme with academic achievements that make a successful participation in the Master's Programme Philosophy likely.

International applicants: documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent.


Please provide:

  • Application for admission, please attach a passport photo
  • Documentation of your academic degree including details on course work. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results so far;
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation (please indicate your semester).

International applicants please also provide:

  • Additional questionnaire for international students
  • Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent;
  • Applicants from China: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing;
  • Applicants from Mongolia: APS-certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Ulan Bator;
  • Applicants from Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Hanoi;
  • Applicants from Georgia: please submit a declaration of consent for the verification of your documents' authenticity by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZaB) in Bonn, Germany.

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

The study programme begins in the winter semester and in the summer semester. Application deadlines are 15 July and 15 January. There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). Please check the university website for more information.

Application documents

You can find an overview of all required application documents in your application for admission. You will get this application at the end of the online application process.