The Department of Philosophy offers a one-year master (magister) course in practical philosophy.

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


Magister Course in Practical Philosophy Autumn term 2020


The first semester comprises four course modules (litteraturkurser) 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 Litteraturkurser (left column) there is a list of courses to choose from. The following of those courses are specifically suitable for students in Practical Philosophy, and they are all taught in English:

Apart from those 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.

Schedule (partial)
Course schedule Practical Philosophy - Magister course, autumn

Roll call and introductory meeting
Wednesday September 4, at 13.00 (room D793).

Course convenors
Krister Bykvist and Jonas Olson

Mandatory module: Scientific Method and Research Ethics (7.5 credits)
This course is given in English both in the first and in the second half of the (autumn) semester. You can choose what time period suits you best given the other courses you have selected. 

For more information, check the course page:

Vetenskaplighet och forskningsetik (7,5 hp)