The first edition of the MAP programme has been in the Academic Year 2017/2018. So far, all our graduates have been admitted into a PhD programme (in various universities such as Alberta, Central European University, Geneva, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Oxford (DPhil), Western Ontario) or have received a non-academic job offer before the end of their Master.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), which is always available and pleased to help students to succeed in their professional choices.