Career Prospects

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.

Apart from research at PhD level, graduates of the master programme are obviously qualified for teaching philosophy at high school, both in Switzerland and elsewhere.

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.