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Praktisk filosofi - Magisterkurs

  • 60 hp

The one-year Master’s course in practical philosophy offers an intellectually stimulating and supportive postgraduate environment. You will be taught and supervised by members of faculty who are internationally well connected and actively involved in research.

The Master's course practical philosophy includes such fields as metaethics, normative ethics and political philosophy. The course is for students who are well-trained in analytical philosophy and who aim to pursue doctoral studies. It includes a thesis of 30 credits.

  • Kursupplägg

    The course lasts two semesters (autumn/spring) for 60 ECTS credits.

    The first semester comprises four course modules for 7,5 credits each. One of the modules is mandatory - Scientific Method and Research Ethics - and the other three are chosen by the student in consultation with the course convener. Under the heading Course modules a list of courses to choose from will be announced.

    Apart from the courses listed there is also a possibility to pick up a 7,5 credit course offered at the undergraduate level, depending on interests and previous studies. There is a course in Epistemology on the undergraduate level that may be an option. It should be mentioned though that it is not yet determined whether this course will be taught in English. There is also an option to select advanced courses at Uppsala University. You will receive a separate email with information about this option.


    The student must pass the examinations of the first semester in order to proceed to the second semester. The second semester consists of a thesis work (30 credits). The topic is elective but must be approved by the convenor and must fit the research profile of the members of the faculty. A supervisor will be allocated to the student, based on her or his project description. The final grade of the entire course is determined by the grade of the thesis. The exam of the thesis part consists in the thesis itself, a defence of it at a seminar, and an opposition on another student’s thesis at a seminar. It is our recommended that you study the grading criteria and the guidelines for the thesis.

    Since an entire semester is devoted to writing the thesis, the demands are higher than for a bachelor’s thesis, with respect to volume, content, and degree of independence in the writing process. This is reflected in the grading criteria.

    There is a strong expectation that the thesis be completed during the second term of the one-year master (magister) course. If needed, supervision can be extended to the term following the one in which the student begins his or her supervised work. Students who do not finish the thesis within these two terms have no right to extended supervision, but they have a right to submit a thesis and have it graded.

  • Kontakt

    Professor Krister Bykvist

    Professor Jonas Olson