Goethe University Frankfurt

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The Philosophy programme offered by Goethe University Frankfurt  aims to deepen the insights of students in the systematic and historic multiplicity of philosophical problems, to complete mastery of learned techniques for scientific work and to enable students to engage in independent philosophical work.

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On the one hand the Philosophy programme offered by Goethe University Frankfurt provides for a scientific confrontation with philosophy in its systematic breadth and allows students to acquire scientific knowledge and competences in dealing with both historic and current philosophical problems. On the other hand the Master’s degree programme provides for creation of individual major fields of study in which the student acquires deepened knowledge and understanding and learns to develop his own position and to defend it. By the end of the degree programme the student should have acquired the ability to make formal and contextually correct contributions to philosophical specialist discussions.

Aims of the programme

The students of philosophy deepen their central key competences during the degree programme, namely the ability to practice analytical thinking, to solve a problem, on argumentation, in dealing with challenging texts and media as well as mediation of complex issues in an understandable form. The programme of study aims to qualify the student for careers which demand pronounced analytical and communicative competences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Basic Module: Introduction to Logic 
  • Basic Module: Introduction to Philosophy   
  • Basic Texts of Utilitarianism
  • Hermeneutics and Understanding 
  • Kant, Metaphysics of Morals   

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Partially taught in English, Partially taught in German
IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

To take the Master’s degree programme in Philosophy students can only be admitted who

  • have completed a Bachelor degree programme with the main subject Philosophy (with at least 120 CP)  or have completed a Bachelor degree programme with the minor subject Philosophy (with at least 60 CP) or have an at least equivalent degree from a German university or in an equivalent or related subject recognised by the admissions committee 
  • and a Master’s examination in the same subject at another university was not finally failed or the right to examination lost. 

Knowledge of languages: 

  • Adequate knowledge of the English language to Level B1 according to the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (GER)

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA

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Semester fee: 366.71 EUR


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