MA curriculum in philosophy
Master's students can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:
- Practical Philosophy: ethics, meta-ethics, applied ethics, bioethics, aesthetics, social- and political philosophy, philosophy of education;
- Theoretical Philosophy: philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of logic, philosophy of psychology, epistemology, metaphysics, metaphilosophy, experimental philosophy;
- Philosophy of Science: general philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of chemistry, philosophy of biology, social and cultural studies of science, social epistemology;
- History of Philosophy: Ancient Greek philosophy, Classical German philosophy, Modern philosophy.
The setup of the MA programme in Tartu is designed to allow students with different levels of expertise in philosophy to follow tailor-made, fulfilling and productive study plans. The curriculum structure permits for flexible research-based programme for those who have studied philosophy before and would like to focus on a specific area and get more involved in research. The curriculum is equally suitable for those who are just beginning to study philosophy and would like to attend more general philosophy classes. Please see the potential topics for Master's projects for more information on the content of the studies.
Specialisation Courses (18 ECTS) are obtained in agreement with the supervisor for either course work or individual research. In the first three terms, the student needs to obtain 18 credit points for specialisation courses each term, while during the last term the student will be busy with writing her thesis. The specialisation courses may include reading assignments or courses from the BA programme, for example for students without a BA in philosophy. NB! Specializing on one specific area (for instance, practical philosophy) does not mean that you cannot take courses from other areas (such as theoretical philosophy). You can read more on what kind of courses we teach at the Master's level.
The Practice Module is a unique aspect of the MA programme in Tartu which provides the student with an excellent opportunity to apply his or her skills in an actual working environment. Possible places for interships include: third sector organisations, policy think tanks, newspapers and journals (editing and translating), schools and other educational institutions (assistance with teaching and grading). Students are encouraged to approach potential employers and to actively look for opportunities to practice in institutions that would help them in their future career choices.