M.A. On Campus


Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

24 months
7420 EUR/year
7420 EUR/year
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The Master in Philosophy at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) aims to provide an absorbing grounding in a number of interrelated fields, combining contemporary research in Philosophy with Ancient and Medieval thought. 


The Master in Philosophy at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI):

  • stands out for the international stature of its professors;
  • is research-oriented, aimed at preparing to the most demanding PhD programmes around the world;
  • has a clear focus in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Ancient Philosophy and Medieval Philosophy.
  • requires students to submit regular written work, to produce research papers and to develop their presentation and discussion skills.

Some courses are particularly concerned with the topic of time and existence, aiming at providing a full grasp of two central linked philosophical topics, which are both hot in the contemporary discussion and much debated by the ancient and medieval thinkers.


MAP’s first aim is to equip students for the most demanding PhD programmes around the world. This orientation is clearly evident both in the structure of the master and in its well-designed didactic. MAP students not only receive feedback on the essays they write but are also provided with suggestions on how to professionalise their written works for future publications.

Moreover, since students are trained within the Swiss academic network, they will be eligible to apply to the significant amount of fundings that Switzerland invests in research every year. Switzerland is unusual in making available generous research grants both in universities and at the national level.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Existence
  • Relations
  • Logic
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Time
  • Temporal consciousness
  • Philosophy of Physics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degrees in Philosophy is a Bachelor's degree granted by a recognised university in the field of Philosophy or related disciplines.
  • Admissions will be treated on a case by case basis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7420 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7420 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7420 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7420 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • National: CHF 2000
  • International: CHF 4000  

Living costs for Lugano

1516 - 2134 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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