Why this Master

1. Success in the rate of admission into PhD programmes.

So far, all the students who graduated from the MAP who applied to a PhD programme received an offer before completing the MAP. More specifically, they have been accepted in various universities such as: Alberta, Central European University, Durham, King’s College London, Geneva, Hong Kong, Leeds, Lisbon, Lucerne, Neuchâtel, Oxford (DPhil), Urbino, Western Ontario, Zurich. All of the students who wished to pursue a non-academic career were employed within a few months, if not immediately, after graduation (in Milan, Treviso, and London).

2. 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.

3. 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.

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, produce research papers and 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. 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 the 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, pursue their academic ambitions and develop their own research.

7. Complete your academic experience with a study period at another university

While studying at the MAP, students can also take courses at other universities. They can do so by spending one semester as exchange students in one of our SEMP partner institutions such as the Universitat de Barcelona or the Universiteit van Amsterdam, or any Swiss university, such as Geneva, Neuchâtel, Zürich or Fribourg. Another option is to take single MA courses for up to 30 ECTS at any other Swiss university. Overall, the number of ECTS that a student can get from other universities cannot exceed 30.

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)