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MA in philosophy

2-year program is a next level of philosophical advancement. We propose 5 exclusive ways of development in philosophy (specialties) in Polish and one in English (for both Polish and foreign students):


1) applied ethics is for those who want to be experts in dealing with moral dilemmas, either for private or professional purposes. They learn how to build their own moral outlook and identify contemporary moral problems. We focus on practical application of ethical knowledge and philosophical skills into real moral problems.

2) coaching – focused on self-development, awareness of emotions and skills of interpersonal communication and conflict-solving. This path of philosophical development prepares to work in an attractive job of a coach.

3) philosophy and Christianity is a specialty for those focusing on a relation between Christianity and contemporary philosophy. The case of evil, arguments for existence of God, new atheism or the language of religion are topics for reflection.

4) philosophy in science is meant for students thinking about developing in the philosophy of science. The specialty focuses on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science. These are interdisciplinary studies, combining science and philosophy.

5) systematic philosophy is a specialty that deepens students’ knowledge in general topics and aims at developing knowledge about philosophical problems of contemporary man and culture. It is focused on critical thinking in order to make students become independent participants of the public sphere.

6) Philosophy in English

Philosophy in English” is a 2-years MA program for both Polish and foreign students. All courses are offered entirely in English. Studies are meant to develop philosophical skills and competences that are useful in professional, public and private life (e.g., critical thinking, creativity, rationality, effective argumentation). The courses are planned in a balanced way: they aim at the development of skills and increase of knowledge of philosophy graduates, but are also suitable for graduates in different fields – in either case, they should provide the student with a solid philosophical background and understanding of current philosophical debates. The Master's course will develop the students' ability to discuss philosophy in English, and is therefore also recommended for those students who are planning to have an academic career in the field. This MA is designed to be your great intellectual adventure – our knowledge and experience will thoroughly guide your passion and philosophical interest towards your own self-development.


Mandatory: Philosophical trends – selected issues, Scientific and cultural images of the world, history of ethics, Contemporary debates in philosophy of religion, Intellectual property, PE, Health and security course, Library course, Rhetoric and art of argumentation, Contemporary debates in social and political philosophy, Teaching philosophy, Business ethics and CSR, Contemporary debates in philosophy of science, Contemporary debates in anthropology and ethics. Mandatory courses will be offered in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops and in some cases a mix of these.


Elective: 21 monographic lectures offered by the faculty (new lectures are provided every year and announced before the beginning of the term; monographic lectures reflect current research conducted by members of the faculty and are meant to deepen the philosophical knowledge of the students).

Apart from participating in the lectures, students will do their own research independently, consulting with a supervisor, an expert in the field of their research. We take the quality of your research and your self-development seriously


Master Thesis

The Master's course finishes with the Master Thesis. Students choose and shape the topic in close contact with their supervisor, which should start as early as possible. There is a vast range of topics on which students can do research: ethics, applied ethics, anthropology, social philosophy, philosophy of politics, history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of God, Russian philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of nature, logic and many others. If you already have a Master's thesis project and wonder if we can support you, do not hesitate to contact us.



To apply for this Master's course one must already possess a degree in philosophy or in any other discipline. The criteria of qualification is the graduation grade (Bachelor, Master or other). Places available: 30.


Financial Issues:


Studies are free of charge for Polish citizens and those eligible foreign students according to the Polish Higher Education Act, including EU citizens and many others (to check if you match the criteria look here). However, there are some small administration costs that must be covered like a fee for the student ID.



Polish students can apply for scholarships in the same way as when enrolling to a Master's course in the Polish language.

Foreign students are eligible for scholarships if they are UE citizens, EFTA citizens, Legal refugees, Karta Polaka and other mentioned in art. 43 par 2 Higher Education Act. In this case, the scholarship request will be evaluated on the basis of the same documents submitted by Polish citizens.


Foreign students from Eastern and Central Europe can apply for a scholarship of the John Paul II foundation – 1000 PLN/month (October – June).


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