Master’s Programme in Philosophy in the University of Tartu


The University of Tartu in Estonia is looking forward to applications for its two-year Master’s Programme in Philosophy.
Language of instruction: English
Application deadline: 16. April 2015

We welcome students with a background in philosophy as well as students from other disciplines who have an interest in the philosophical issues raised by those disciplines. For example, a student of linguistics could enroll and study philosophy of language, mathematicians can study the philosophy of mathematics or logic, biologists and medical students can work on medical ethics and bioethics, chemists and physicists have important topics to address within philosophy of science.
We particularly welcome students with research interest in the range of the department’s IUT project “Disagreements: Philosophical Analysis”.
MA-students can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

-Theoretical Philosophy: philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of logic and mathematics, philosophy of psychology, epistemology, metaphysics, metaphilosophy, experimental philosophy;
-Practical Philosophy: ethics, meta-ethics, applied ethics, bioethics, aesthetics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of education;
-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, Early Modern philosophy, 19th- and 20th-century German philosophy, 20th-century French philosophy.

Why study philosophy at Tartu?

Individual approach.
Our programme is unique in being extremely flexible: 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 research project. By joining a research team, students will be able to participate in a number of research activities and they will thereby acquire the skills needed to formulate, analyse and discuss philosophical problems, as well as to formulate and present targeted research questions within a broader research plan.

No tuition fee. Instead, scholarships are available!
The University of Tartu provides tuition-waiver scholarships to most admitted students and additionally the Department of Philosophy provides living expenses scholarships (200 Euros per month) to the five best candidates. Students from Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan or Afghanistan can apply for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholarship (400 Euros per month).

International climate.
Our department is truly international: over the past few years, philosophers from Germany, Austria, UK, Ireland, Italy, Japan, France, Finland, Mexico and USA have been teaching in our department in addition to Estonians. This is probably the main reason why our students develop very good English skills that enable them to successfully continue their studies abroad.

General admission requirements:
-Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a science or one of the humanities
-English language proficiency
For more information about the Master’s Programme and the application procedure please consult our website:

Or contact our programme coordinator Dr. Edit Talpsepp:


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