We offer a three-year Bachelor’s programme, which combines a broad, general training with gradual specialisation. The first year offers a broad introduction to the Humanities. Together with students from other study programmes, you will take on a number of general introductory course units in literature, and psychology, among others. You also take a basic training in philosophy. The emphasis, however, is always on specific Ethics course units in which we deal with contemporary theories extensively. From the second year onwards, you gain more in-depth knowledge of the first-year learning contents, and you study a number of so-called auxiliary sciences. This in-depth study and specialisation continues in the third year. Staggered over the second and the third year, you take on a number of ECTS credits of a minor of your choice, i.e. a coherent set of course units from one or more other discipline(s).The choice of minors offers an indispensable acquaintance with other disciplines. In some cases, it even facilitates a transition to another Master's programme. In the course of the three-year Bachelor’s curriculum you will also take on methodology course units, introducing you to general philosophical as well as more specific ethics-related research skills such as researching and assessing information, formulating research questions and critically reading texts relevant to your research question, elaborating and presenting your findings orally and in writing. In the third year, the skills that you have acquired throughout the Bachelor’s programme culminate in a Bachelor’s dissertation, an independent research assignment you conduct under the guidance of a supervisor.
The Master’s programme contains the actual discipline-specific expertise. The focus is mainly on applied ethics and a thorough study of topical ethical issues. There is room for electives as well. As in other Master’s programmes, here too, the Master’s dissertation is your crowning achievement. Distinguished students of Philosophy or Moral Studies can also choose apply for the two-year interuniversity Philosophy Research Programme.