MA in Philosophy

General

Programme Description

The MA course offered by the Institute of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities is a two-year, full-time program comprising four semesters. Students need to have some philosophical background – a minimum of 30 credits as part of their BA studies. Students will have the opportunity to draw up their study and research program under the supervision of a supervisor of their studies (in most cases different from their thesis supervisor). The aim of this setup is to give flexibility, and at the same time guidance so that students gain a thorough coverage and a sound grounding in the major fields of philosophy. At the same time, students are required to engage in research either in some areas of the history of philosophy or in some field of systematic philosophy. These studies lead up to the MA thesis project.

This program is recommended to applicants who would like to deepen their knowledge in philosophy and intend to pursue an academic career or intend to work as experts of the humanities, with an emphasis on philosophy, at such places of employment as publishing houses, cultural centers, international companies, civil service or non-governmental organizations.

The course enables students to carry out a research program in philosophy and prepares them for doctoral studies.

The teachers of the program have significant international experience. They have studied and/or worked in research projects abroad. The different departments of the Institute of Philosophy have academic co-operations and exchange programmes with various European universities and research centers. It has Erasmus+ partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, Tel Aviv, and with several major European Universities

Specializations

Instead of tracks of specializations the program in philosophy is organized in a flexible way so that students can plan their studies under the guidance of their supervisor of studies. Students are required to choose a focal point in their study and research, earning 48 credits either in History of philosophy or in Systematic philosophy.

Strength of program

Philosophy is one of the three major fields in Arts and Humanities – alongside Archaeology and Linguistics – where Eötvös Loránd University is ranked in the QS lists (150-200). A major special feature of studies in philosophy at Eötvös Loránd University is its balance between the history of philosophy and the systematic aspects of the discipline. This way our students are not only well versed in the details of the development of the Western tradition but also learn to appreciate the connections between the discussions and issues of the discipline at present, and the historical motivations of these discussions giving them an insight into how these issues were articulated and tackled through the ages.

Career opportunities

This program is recommended to applicants who would like to deepen their knowledge in philosophy and intend to pursue an academic career or intend to work as experts of the humanities, with an emphasis on philosophy, at such places of employment as publishing houses, cultural centers, international companies, civil service or non-governmental organizations.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

There are two ways applicants can fulfil entry requirements, 1or 2:

  1. Full credit acknowledgement of degree. The applicant holds a university bachelor’s degree in Liberals Arts.
  2. Itemized credit fulfillment. Applicants holding another university bachelor’s degree are eligible to enter the program if they can show at least 30 credits (or equivalent) of course work spanning the following areas: philosophy, aesthetics, and ethics.

For the itemized-credit option 2, a transcript from the applicant’s bachelor's degree as well as course descriptions for the 30 credits will be requested.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). Details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Language requirements
  • Recommended English - (C1)

Depending on its (academic) profile, the applicant might be offered preparatory courses if this level of proficiency has not been reached yet.

Documents to submit with the application
  • Online application form
  • Secondary school certificate
    Notarized copy only on request
  • Bachelor-level degree
    An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree
  • Transcript of records
  • CV
  • Motivation letter (A maximum of 500 words)
  • Essay
    5-15 pages total. This can be an essay or parts thereof; alternatively, a thesis chapter or parts thereof. Please submit a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15 pages (single-spaced).
  • Research work plan
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
    Scanned, in colour all personal details and expiry date must be shown. The passport must be valid.
  • Copy of application fee transfer
  • Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer
  • Language certificate
    Official test result or certificate must be provided; see program specific proficiency requirements
  • Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English.
Optional documents for admissions
  • Curriculum Vitae in English
    In MS Word format with one low-resolution photo
  • Research Proposal
    Please consult with the coordinating department for more information
  • Letter of Reference
    Also called "Letter of recommendation." From a former instructor and/or employer. A maximum of 2 letters of recommendation can be submitted.
  • Letter of Authorization
    If the applicant uses the services of a non-contracted third party during the application process, a Letter of Authorization must be signed. Applications will not be processed without.
Application procedure

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150 EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account.

Results and the official decision will be announced in the application system.

Last updated Oct 2019

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