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University of Tartu

24 months
4000 EUR/year
4000 EUR/year
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The Philosophy master's programme at the University of Tartu aims to provide the students with skills and knowledge of the research methods of contemporary philosophy.


*This programme profile is financed by Dora Plus Action 4: Marketing of study and employment opportunities in Estonia (European Regional Development Fund).

Is the increasing polarisation of modern society the product of rational thinking? To what extent should science be led by citizens? Do vaccine passports discriminate against the unvaccinated? How does state-funded communal memory (e.g. of public statues) shape our understanding of what’s acceptable in society? These are philosophical questions whose answers have a direct bearing on how we should proceed in meeting the challenges of our age. Our ability to properly answer these questions depends on our ability to find defensible answers to other more foundational philosophical questions like: What is it to be rational? What is objectivity? Can moral claims like “vaccine mandates are unjust” be true just like, say, claims about atoms or the geographical location of St Petersburg? 

Why study Philosophy at the University of Tartu?

  • The University of Tartu belongs to the top 1.2% of the world's universities (300th position in the QS World University Rankings 2022).
  • Knowledge of the philosophical foundations underlying the challenges of our age. Students will learn how to adopt a defensible position on the issues underlying and shaping our views of what’s possible and why, and of what’s acceptable and why.
  • Real “hands-on” research experience. Thanks to both individual supervision and research-driven courses and seminars, every student can be involved in a number of research activities with our staff. 
  • Transferable skills. The MA in Philosophy trains: clear argumentative writing, the ability to break down the process of solving an abstract problem into more easily solvable parts, clear, civil and constructive communication with people you disagree with, the ability to translate ideas, theories, and explanations between different disciplines (e.g. psychology, philosophy, politics, and law).
  • Value-for-money. Our researchers engage in cutting edge research published in high-quality venues, are dedicated teachers who have won awards for their classes, and are keen to work with you. Yet the cost of our MA is far lower than that found in other countries and the cost of living in Tartu makes our degree an especially affordable option. 
  • An international environment. The department has international staff (both non-Estonians and Estonians who were trained at philosophy departments from across the world). Many members of our department belong to international networks of researchers working in their sub-field. Our own MA students typically organise their own graduate conference each year, which draws in graduate students from across the world.

Career opportunities

If you want to become a professional producer of knowledge, a researcher, an academic, we have a proven record of placing our students into highly regarded PhD programmes. 

Suppose you want to become a disseminator of knowledge, for example, through journalism, media, or education. In that case, our studies will teach you how to carefully process and wisely use the immense amounts of information available nowadays and get learners at any level inspired and excited about the subject you teach. 

Suppose you want to become an influencer or a public decision-maker. In that case, you will learn how to articulate and defend your own opinions clearly and convincingly and how to listen and critically engage with the views of others. 

And if you don’t know yet who you want to become, philosophy might well be the best place for you! The intellectual discipline and the creativity that we practice and encourage in our lectures and seminars will help you evaluate the pros and cons of different career paths and make you imagine future scenarios you might have never considered otherwise. 


University of Tartu Institutional Accreditation 2015-2022: The Quality Assessment Council for Higher Education of the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education decided to accredit the University of Tartu for seven years.

The next accreditation will be conducted in 2022.

Programme Structure

The setup of the programme is designed to allow students with different levels of expertise in philosophy to follow tailor-made, fulfilling and productive study plans. The curriculum structure enables flexible research-based studies for those who have studied philosophy before and would like to focus on a specific area and get more involved in research. The curriculum is equally suitable for those who are just beginning to study philosophy and would like to attend more general philosophy classes.  

The curriculum consists of:

  • common subjects (18 ECTS)
  • specialisation module (48 ECTS): specialisation block 1 (16 ECTS), specialisation block 2 (16 ECTS), specialisation block 3 (16 ECTS)
  • elective subjects (12 ECTS)
  • optional subjects (6 ECTS)
  • practice module (6 ECTS)
  • master's thesis (30 ECTS)

Examples of courses: 

  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Practical Philosophy
  • Theoretical Philosophy
  • Communication and Power
  • Gender Studies
  • Narrative Studies


We welcome all students regardless of their previous educational background.


The department has international staff (both non-Estonians and Estonians who were trained at philosophy departments from across the world). Many members of our department belong to international networks of researchers working in their sub-field (e.g. the Natural Law 1625-1850 project, the Nietzsche International Lab (NIL) in Lisbon, the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare, the "Language in the Machine Era" network). These bring visiting scholars and international workshops to the department. The department hosts the prestigious Frege lectures—which brings world-renowned philosophers to Tartu for a week of seminars, lectures and social events each year. 

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

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July)
  • English language proficiency 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Tartu

300 - 600 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Tuition waivers are available.

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