Career Prospects

The MAP prepares its students for the most demanding PhD programmes. Students are carefully guided in the process of assembling their PhD applications: right from the first semester, they attend a course specifically designed to make students create their dossier following the advice of our professors. Moreover, the structure of the MAP is such that it allows students to have more time for individual study during the third semester, so that they can focus on the PhD applications. Thanks to these and several other peculiarities of the MAP, most of our students who applied to a PhD programme received an offer before graduating.

The students that decided to pursue a non-academic career after the MAP (18% of our graduates as of January 2022) were employed within a few months after graduation.

Students who graduated from the MAP in 2020 and 2021 who are currently pursuing graduate studies in Philosophy:

  • Alessandro Cecconi PhD in Philosophy at the University of Geneva (from September 2021)
  • Giuseppe Colonna PhD in Philosophy (DPhil) at Oxford University (from September 2020)
  • Daniele Garancini PhD in Philosophy at Lingnan University (from September 2020)
  • Paolo Gigli PhD in Philosophy at the University of Geneva (from April 2020)
  • Lorenzo Lorenzetti PhD in Philosophy at the University of Bristol (from September 2021)
  • Marco Marabello PhD in Philosophy at the University of Neuchâtel (from September 2020)
  • Emanuele Martinelli PhD in Philosophy at University of Zürich (from September 2020)
  • Tannaz Najafi PhD in Philosophy at the University of Lisboa (from September 2021)
  • Marta Pedroni PhD in Philosophy at the University of Geneva (from September 2021)
  • Nick Tsertsvadze MPhil in Ancient Philosophy at Oxford University (from September 2021)
  • Emanuele Tullio PhD in Philosophy at CEU, Vienna (from September 2021)

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 are eligible to apply for the significant amount of funding that Switzerland invests in research every year. Switzerland is unusual in making available generous research grants both in universities and at the national level. The procedure for registering as a PhD candidate, once a Swiss professor has agreed to supervise a doctoral thesis, is usually simpler than in many other countries.

The soft skills that students develop are of great value also for a variety of non-academic careers. In particular, the ability of problem-solving, emotional intelligence and most of all the critical thinking skills is something that is highly wanted from the most serious companies. Philosophy students constantly perform better than other students coming from different academic background in these areas, because of their ability to make connections across complex ideas. Such skills are highly valued in several professions, for example in government, HR, business, cultural mediation, public relation, marketing and healthcare. At USI there is also a Career Service (, which is always available and pleased to help students to succeed in their professional choices.