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Philosophy in English – MA

Philosophy in English – MA


Nowa specjalność na studiach uzupełniających magisterskich. Studia dla Polaków i obcokrajowców, prowadzone w języku angielskim.

„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. The studies will be carried out within project co-financed from European Union funds within the European Social Fund



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).


Jobs in Cracow:

Cracow is the second biggest city in Poland with a huge population of students, and the unemployment rate is one of the lowest in Poland (2,7% in February 2018). There are many part time and full time job positions that can be taken by students, in many branches of economy: tourism, culture, trade, gastronomy, education, corporations or production. The University does not provide support in job searching, but many philosophy students successfully connect work and study.



In Cracow you can choose from a great variety of options for accommodation, which differ in standard, geographical distance and price. The cheapest are shared rooms far away from the city center but there are also apartments in the old town available. Public transport works well in Cracow and is of reasonable price, so you can choose distant locations, especially because our University is located in the historical center of Cracow, which is the best connected area in the city. Let us know if you are interested in a student dormitory. The University does not aid students in looking for flats on the market, but we recommend you to seek advice from students who already live in Cracow.



Our buildings are in the historical part of Cracow, close to the Wawel Castle and to the main market square. The addresses are: Bernardyńska 3 and Franciszkańska 1. We are very close to culturally important locations, religious services, recreational facilities, restaurants, etc. It is probably the best connected area in Cracow. If you use public transport it takes less than one hour to get to/from the airport and anywhere in Cracow, and around 10 minutes to/from the main railway station.


Internship opportunities:


We cooperate with many Universities around the world and participate in national and international internship programs. Contact Erasmus+ office


More information:

We are aware that a short website post cannot answer all your questions concerning the issue. We tried hard to make all information clear and reliable. We created this post based on our experience with questions coming from foreign students. If you have further questions, we will try to answer them in a fast and informative way. Please contact dr. Jakub Synowiec: You can also try to talk with our experienced students who will share their impressions: just put a public question on our Facebook profile.



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