The Master's degree programme in Philosophical Sciences provides graduates with an in-depth knowledge of the contents and methods of philosophical investigation, while promoting specialist training in various research fields.
Without prejudice to the need for a broad and general philosophical training, two reasons call for specialization in the area of philosophical studies during the Master's programme.
Firstly, specialist training allows graduates to become aware of the specificity and complexity of problems, both theoretical and practical, as required of a professional nowadays.
Secondly, over the last decades the areas of philosophical research have become increasingly rich and diverse. Not only do they provide specific content and reasoning tools aimed at developing critical ability, they also deepen relationships with various fields of study including: psychology, linguistics, information technology, art, history, sociology, political science, anthropology, pedagogy, biology, physics, mathematics.
In addition to reflecting on itself and its methods, philosophy offers tools to question and deepen the conceptual foundations of any discipline: it reconstructs the history of theoretical notions, provides new analysis tools, questions the ethical and political implications of actions and behaviours, and it can only do so through well-defined and differentiated paths. Hence the need to structure the programme as several curricula offering diverse study paths, with a view to specialisation in philosophical research as well as to pre-professional education.
Therefore, students enrolled in the Master's degree programme in Philosophical Sciences are called to identify a research field among those proposed, to deepen their philosophical training with a rigorous and specialist approach.
For this purpose, the degree programme requires graduates to follow orientation courses in Year I, and specialist courses in their chosen field in Year II, while exploring the multiple interactions with related and complementary disciplines. The knowledge, skills and competences gained allow students to write and discuss their thesis at a specialist level.
The main areas in which the degree programme is structured focus on: the historical dimension of philosophical thought; the theoretical, moral and aesthetic foundations of contemporaneity; the study of society in its anthropological, sociological, political, ethical and philosophical dimensions; logic, language and the theory of mind, also in relation to the developments of contemporary scientific research.
The graduate in Philosophical Sciences may:
- fill in strategic, organizational and communication roles in the public administration, and in public or private, national or international companies
- work in the field of traditional and multimedia publishing
- carry out professional activities in the communication sector
- carry out professional activities in the field of philosophical counselling
- coordinate working groups as a cultural mediator.
Graduates in Philosophical Sciences will be able to:
- conduct independent research in the context of doctoral or research programs in philosophy and related sciences in Italy and abroad
- teach philosophy, history, pedagogy and demo-anthropological disciplines in high schools and other secondary schools
- fill in management and coordination roles in the public administration
- work in HR recruiting and development, communication, intercompany relations, and cultural programmes in public and private organisations
- work as editorial director, or manuscript editor
- work as cultural event manager, or copywriter
- work in corporate and work-life balance counselling
- work in promoting cooperation in the workplace or otherwise in multi-cultural societies.
Students who meet the following requirements may access the Master's degree programme in Philosophical Sciences:
1. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy (class L-5) from the University of Milan or another Italian university, or a degree in another class. In both cases, the student must have earned the following credits:
a. at least 60 credits (CFU) in one or more of the following academic fields: M-FIL/01, M-FIL/02, M-FIL/03, M- FIL/04, M-FIL/05, M-FIL/06, M-FIL/07, M-FIL/08, SPS/01, IUS/20, M/STO-05;
b. at least 18 out of the 60 CFU referred to in point (a) above must have been earned in one or more of the following academic fields: M-FIL/06, M-FIL/07, M-FIL/08;
c. up to 18 of the 60 CFU referred to in point (a) may be replaced by as many CFU earned in other academic fields as long as they are included in the following areas: 01 mathematics and computer science, 02 physics, 05 biology, 10 classical studies, philology, literature, art history, 11 history, philosophy, pedagogy and psychology, 12 law, 13 economics and statistics, 14 political and social sciences.
2. English language proficiency at B1 or higher under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Candidates who are not native English must prove English language proficiency as specified below.
English language proficiency will be assessed by the SLAM - University Language Centre during the admission procedure based on:
- a language certificate obtained no more than 3 years prior to submission, of B1 level or higher (for the list of language certifications recognized by the University, please refer to the website: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/competenze-linguistiche/placement-test-test-di-ingresso-e-corsi-di-inglese). The certification must be uploaded when submitting the online application;
- the English level (B1 or higher) achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme of the University of Milan through the SLAM. Certificates must be less than four years old, and will be reviewed by our offices without the candidate having to submit any attachments;
- the placement test provided by SLAM, which will take place on 22 July or 11 September 2020 from 9 am to 6 pm in room 700 on via Colombo 46. Students who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the proficiency requirement will be invited to take the test through the admission procedure.
Should the candidate fail the B1 placement test, he/she will not be admitted to the Master's degree programme and will not be able to sit for further tests.
More information is available at: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/frequendente-un-corso-di-laurea/iscriversi/corsi-magistrali-biennali/magistrali-ad- accesso-libero .
The Master's degree programme in Philosophical Sciences is open, subject to the assessment of the aforementioned curricular requirements.
In order to be admitted to the programme, candidates must have achieved a final degree mark of 95 or higher.
Candidates who graduated with a lower mark will go through individual interviews, including online, to assess their educational background.
Graduates of the University of Milan (class L-5) who have achieved a final mark of at least 95 are admitted directly to the Master's degree programme, as they hold the curricular requirements.
When submitting the application for enrolment in the Master's degree programme, candidates must choose their curriculum.
Candidates are selected by a commission made up of Department teachers, who assess the student's interests, their academic career, and their proficiency in the language of the country where they hope to study.
Admitted students will fill out the Learning Agreement with the Erasmus manager. Once abroad, they will correspond via email with the manager regarding any changes. Students submitting a Learning Agreement to the Erasmus manager via email will receive it back e-signed. They may then have their host university countersign the document prior to their return home.
Upon returning home, any exams the student has taken whilst abroad (documented in the "Transcript of Records") are converted into Italian exams based on the Learning Agreement; exam conversion and the marks for the same shall be subject to approval of the Academic Board for Philosophy.
Current international agreements are available at the following link: https://www.unimi.it/en/international/university-milan-world/internatio…
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- Vice-Head of study programme
Prof.ssa Elisa Paganini
- Contact person for disabilities and Special Educational Needs
Prof.ssa Miriam Bait
- "For 24" Contact person
Prof. Stefano Bacin
- Teaching office
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The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:
- The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
- The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year)
- An additional fee is due for online programmes
The University also offers:
- Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
- Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
- Concessions for international students with refugee status
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The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).
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