Why this Master

1. Study with a clear disciplinary focus

The Master has a clear disciplinary focus on theoretical, analytic philosophy, in particular on Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Logic & Philosophy of Science, and on Ancient & Medieval Philosophy.

2. Be ready to pursue your own research

The research-oriented approach of the Master quickly introduces students to some of the many lively contemporary debates in philosophy. Eminent scholars teach and discuss their own work in Masterclasses. Students are equipped to apply to the most demanding PhD programmes around the world.

3. Personalise your curriculum

Master students may choose their own curriculum. They can choose between many elective courses and even change some of the mandatory courses with the agreement of Academic Director. They can opt for up to 30ECTS from any other Master programme at USI. This tailored-curriculum model encourages students to develop their personal interests, to pursue their academic ambitions and to develop their own research.

4. Study with some of the most eminent scholars in the world

Many of our professors are among the best scholars in the world in their respective fields. Guest professors come from prestigious universities (New York University, Oxford, Cambridge, Geneva, …), and many are members of national academies:

  • Academia Europaea (6),
  • British Academy (3),
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences (3),
  • Collège de France (1),
  • Polish Academy of Sciences (1),
  • Royal Swedish Academy of Letters(1).

5. Assessments and personal supervision

The Master requires students to submit regular written work, to produce research papers and to improve their speaking skills by giving several presentations. Moreover, each student is assigned a personal tutor, chosen among professors of the MAP. This one-to-one supervision includes regular meetings, feedback on written work and guidance about how to pursue an academic career.

6. Complete your academic experience with a study period abroad

Master students are able to spend the third semester of their studies outside Lugano, in leading academic environments such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Geneva. This allows them to become acquainted with different academic settings and enhances their CV.

7. Distance learning

Due to the current pandemic, students who are unable to be present on campus have the possibility to attend our lectures and seminars online. Students’ interaction in the lectures is preserved thanks to the tools offered by Microsoft Teams. Moreover, many individual online meetings are assured. This possibility will be offered at least for the entire Fall Semester 2020.

8. Students can apply for various scholarships that can facilitate their study and living expenses:

  • USI scholarships
  • 5 student assistant positions renewed every 6 months for a total of 10 per year (1000 CHF per month)
  • Scholarships for students in philosophy and offered by private foundations (write to map@usi.ch for more information)
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