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  • The bachelor’s degree in philosophy (academic)

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Study Program

Here you will find information on the structures of the different study programs within the philosophy bachelor's degree (academic).

The study of philosophy as a major comprises 120 of 180 credit points (CPs) and therefore two thirds of an entire bachelor’s degree. Of these 120 CPs, 90 are covered by philosophy courses and 30 by the individual supplementary area.

A short overview of our main modules can be found in the sidebar on the right. Detailed information can be found in the module list. If you have questions pertaining to specific terms, you can have a look at the glossary of important terms, on the page of our student guidance. For detailled, in-depth information on the structure and contents of the study program, have a look at the study guide, in the sidebar on the right.

Each main module may only be studied once. For example, if you have completed the main module Applied Ethics, you may not use that module towards your degree again.

The Orientation Talk is compulsory. Towards the end of your second semester, please make an appointment with a lecturer of your choice to conduct it. You should be equipped with the Orientation Talk Attestation, which you can find in the sidebar on the right.

The study of philosophy as a minor comprises 60 of 180 credit points (CPs) and therefore one third of an entire bachelor’s degree. The other two thirds are comprised of your major and the individual supplementary area.

A short overview of our main modules can be found in the sidebar on the right. Detailed information can be found in the module list. If you have questions pertaining to specific terms, you can have a look at the glossary of important terms, on the page of our student guidance. For detailled, in-depth information on the structure and contents of the study program, have a look at the study guide, in the sidebar on the right.

Each main module may only be studied once. For example, if you have completed the main module Applied Ethics, you may not use that module towards your degree again.

The Orientation Talk is compulsory. Towards the end of your second semester, please make an appointment with a lecturer of your choice to conduct it. You should be equipped with the Orientation Talk Attestation, which you can find in the sidebar on the right.

The study of philosophy as a small minor comprises 30 of 180 credit points (CPs) and therefore one sixth of an entire bachelor’s degree. The rest is comprised comprised of your major, your other small minor and the individual supplementary area. We offer three small minors: Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Science. All three have the same structure.

Here you will find the different module lists for the small minors Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Science. If you have questions pertaining to specific terms, you can have a look at the glossary of important terms, on the page of our student guidance. For detailled, in-depth information on the structure and contents of the study program, have a look at the study guide, in the sidebar on the right.

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Courses

…for the different study programs within the bachelor’s degree can be found in the electronic course catalogue (eKVV).

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Application and Admission

Here you can find information on the processes of application and enrolment. Specific conditions apply to applicants with foreign educational certificates as well as to persons with vocational qualifications.

Dates and deadlines for applications, enrolment, the starting of courses and more can be found here.

Since philosophy must always be studied with a one or two other subjects, please make sure to check whether any of your other subjects have admission restrictions, so as not to miss any potential application deadlines.


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