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Philosophy (Double Major, Teacher Training), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #751 (QS) ,
The 2nd-cycle study programme in Philosophy leads to "magisterij" (master's degree). It is implemented by the Faculty of Arts and qualifies graduates for work in the classroom as well as for tasks outside the classroom (teacher as a mentor, tutor, and social partner). Graduates obtain didactical competences for teaching Philosophy.


The courses consist of topics from the fields of philosophy, pedagogy, and didactics. These qualifications widen the employment spectra of graduates to all fields where the ability of being thoughtful, critical, and analytical, as well as tolerant and democratic is prefered.

The main general competences achieved by the graduates are:
  • ability to identify the underlying issues in different kinds of debate;
  • ability for reflection and conceptualisation of his/her own activity;
  • understanding and use of the curricula theories and basic didactical knowledge;
  • ability of grasping the problemanalysis, synthesis and prediction of solutions in the field of didactical and expert knowledge;
  • capability of critical thinking;
  • interdisciplinary linking of topics;
  • learning intellectual honesty through impartial assessment of conflicting ideas, views and conceptions;
  • capability of creative thinking; and
  • ability of creative and autonomous work.
The main specific competences achieved by the graduates:
  • professional knowledge of the curricula, topics and concepts of the secondary and elementary school subjects which include topics from philosophy;
  • autonomous evaluation, selection and use of the existing teaching material, didactical accessories, ICT and e-learning in teaching Philosophy;
  • knowledge of modern trends in teaching Philosophy and its use in the classroom;
  • capacity for abstracting, analyzing and constructing sound arguments;
  • ability to identify and avoid logical fallacies, vague formulations, sloppy expressions and reasoning, rhetorical tricks, methodological errors, apparent truths and their hidden assumptions;
  • use of imagination in the form of thought experiments; and
  • capability of analytical thinking and understanding of elaborate systems, which enables collaboration in different interdisciplinary groups.


Year 1: 1st Semester

  • Pedagogy (1,5)
  • Didactics (2,5)
  • Psychology of Learning and Development (2,5)
  • Work with Children with Special Needs (1,5)
  • Interdisciplinary Observer Practice (1)
  • Didactics of Philosophy 1 (3)
  • Knowledge, Mind and Being (3)

Year 1: 2nd Semester

  • Didactics of Philosophy 2 (5)
  • Teaching Experience 1 (3)
  • Elective teacher-training course 1 (1,5)
  • Elective teacher-training course 2 (1,5)
  • Values and Virtues (4)

Elective teacher-training courses:

  • Alternative Pedagogical Concepts (3)
  • English for Academic Purposes (3)
  • Authentic Forms of Knowledge Assessment (3)
  • Badminton and Fitness (3)
  • Discipline in Contemporary School (3)
  • Ethical Issues in Education (3)
  • Games in Teaching (3)
  • Multimedia (3)
  • Volleyball and Aerobic Exercise (3)
  • Professional Development of Teachers (3)
  • Outdoor Learning (3)
  • Learning of Language and Communication in the Classroom (3)
  • Professional Language in School (3)
  • Supervision and Group Process in Education (3)
  • Multilingualism in the School (3)

Year 2: 3rd Semester

  • Didactics of Philosophy 3 (3)
  • Elective Philosophy courses (12)

Elective Philosophy courses:

  • Classical Philosophical Text-Analysis (4)
  • Selected Issues from Plato and Aristotle (5)
  • Kant and the Metaphysics of Experience (5)
  • Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (4)
  • Ontology of Social Reality (4)
  • Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence (4)
  • Language, Thought and Reality (4)
  • Ethical Issues in Education (3)
  • Philosophy of Religion (3)
  • Liberal Political Thought and Its Critics (5)
  • Philosophy of Education (3)
  • Philosophy of Art (5)
  • Media and Democracy (4)
  • Film as Philosophy and Art (5)

Year 2: 4th Semester

  • Teaching Experience 2 (4)
  • Research Seminar (3)
  • Master’s Thesis (8)


The study programme has been accredited by the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (Slovenian abbreviation: NAKVIS; English abbreviation SQAA). 

Programme Structure

Detailed programme structure is available under "Overview".

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Candidates apply in 2 application periods. However, in the 2nd, they may apply only for programmes still having vacancies that the faculty decides to fill.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Slovenian
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Please find detailed admission requirements at the following link: (pages 15-16).


The Call for Application into Postgraduate Study Programmes of the University of Maribor for the 2019/2020 Academic Year is available at 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2980 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Tuition also applies to all Slovene/EU students who have already obtained an education corresponding to master’s degree.

Living costs for Maribor

  • 480 - 700 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Full-time students from Slovenia and other EU countries, and full-time students from non-EU countries who are granted international protection, applicants for international protection and persons from countries with which Slovenia has concluded bilateral agreement (i.e. Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, B&H, and Serbia) pay NO TUITION FEE (except the part for studying in English, if applicable) if they have not already obtained an education corresponding to master's degree.

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