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

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


Magister Course in Theoretical 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, which were given the Autumn term 2019, are specifically suitable for students in Theoretical Philosophy, and they are all taught in English:

Atomism (7.5 hp)

Decision theory (7.5 hp)

Introduction to Formal Semantics (7.5 hp)

Representation: In Search of a Fundamental Theory (7.5 hp)

Semantics versus Pragmatics: Derogatory Speech (7.5 hp)

Apart from those there is also a possibility to pick up to two 7.5 credit courses offered at undergraduate level, depending on interests and previous studies. You find the list of available courses at Grundnivå > Deltidskurser > Deltidskurser dagtid, ges på höstterminen. Most of the listed courses are not suitable, since you have already studied them. But there will be a couple you have not studied. Of particular interest are: Matematikens filosofi (The Philosophy of Mathematics), Logik II (Logic II), Formella metoder för filosofi och vetenskapligt tänkande (Formal Methods for Philosophy and Scientific Thinking), and Språkfilosofi II (Philosophy of Language II).

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 recommended to 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 (approximately 40 pages), content, and degree of independence in the writing process. This is reflected in the grading criteria.

Stilguide magisteruppsats (112 Kb)

Schedule (partial):
Course schedule Theoretical Philosophy - Magister course, autumn 2019

Roll call and introductory meeting:
Monday September 2, at 10.00, in room D734.

Course convenor: Kathrin Glüer-Pagin

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. In the schedule only the one given in the second half of the semester is included. But it will be possible to follow it in the first half as well, if that fits in better with other courses chosen.

For more information, check the course page:
Vetenskaplighet och forskningsetik (7,5 hp)

Grading criteria and guidlines for thesis:
Master's thesis grading criteria (56 Kb)