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Studying Philosophy: General Information

Philosophy is concerned with questions of a general and fundamental nature, such as: "What is real?", "What is truth?", "Do people have free will?" and "What makes a good action, and how do we avoid acting incorrectly, unjustly, immorally, etc.?"

Philosophy can be divided into sub-areas that each deal with a specific range of such questions, including metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, logic, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of culture, social philosophy and philosophy of religion.

Information clip of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Berufe TV) on Studying Philosophy (shot at the Institute of Philosophy of the Leibniz Universität Hannover) [German]

Studying Philosophy in Hannover [German]

Further Information

Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Science (M.A.)

This degree program provides a comprehensive, research-oriented philosophical education. Particular emphasis is placed on theoretical and practical reflection concerning the natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences. This involves reflection on the epistemological and normative structures of these fields, as well as their social basis and meaning.

The program involves targeted, in-depth exploration of issues in theoretical and practical philosophy, allowing students to access and develop new areas of study, particularly in scientific theory and the ethics of science, but also philosophical logic, social philosophy, theory of action and philosophy of mind, among others. Students will also be introduced to contemporary research topics and themes.

This program is suitable both for students who have previously studied philosophy and for graduate students from other scientific fields.

The program consists of the compulsory modules "foundations", "in-depth theoretical philosophy", "in-depth practical philosophy", "subject relevance", "project module" and "master's thesis". The student then chooses two additional modules from the following: "philosophy and history of the natural sciences", "philosophy and history of the humanities and social sciences", "theoretical philosophy of the life sciences" and "practical philosophy of the life sciences".

Further Information

Module Catalogue [German]

Entry Requirements [German]

Examination Regulations [German]

Master’s Degree in Secondary School Education (M.Ed.)

This master’s program qualifies the recipient to teach in the Gymnasium (academically-focused secondary school) in Lower Saxony. The masters course develops on the work undertaken in the interdisciplinary Bachelors (FüBA), or a comparable undergraduate course of study, but the primary and secondary focus of study are reversed, so that the two areas of specialization have been studied to the same extent by the end of the masters degree. The course will also involve study of the education sciences, including elements of pedagogics and psychology.

This course of study provides specialized philosophical, didactic and educational training, fully furnishing an aspiring teacher with the complete set of skills required to teach philosophy at the secondary level. Students also have the opportunity to study an additional third subject after the third semester.

Further Information

Module Catalogue (FüBA und M.Ed.) [German]

Entry Requirements [German]

Examination Regulations [German]

Interdisciplinary Bachelor's Degree (FüBA)

The Leibniz Universität Hannover offers an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree for aspiring teachers as well as for students interested in non-school professions. Upon obtaining this degree, students can begin their careers directly, or continue their studies with either a specialized master's program or the Master's Programme in Secondary School Education (M.Ed).

As part of the interdisciplinary bachelor's degree, students can choose to study philosophy as either their primary or secondary focus. A primary focus on philosophy requires that students complete the compulsory modules "fundamentals of theoretical philosophy", "fundamentals of practical philosophy", "history of philosophy" and "classical texts of philosophy". In addition, students complete two modules of their choice. In the sixth semester, students write a bachelor's thesis, in which the ability to undertake philosophical work is demonstrated.

When taking philosophy as a secondary focus, the student completes the modules "fundamentals of theoretical philosophy", "fundamentals of practical philosophy" and "history of philosophy", as well as one additional module of choice.

Further Information

Module Catalogue (FüBA und M.Ed.) [German]

Entry Requirements [German]

Examination Regulations [German]