Form of study
Full-time
Type of study
Master
Awarded title
You get the title Mgr.
Standard length of study
2 years
Language of study
English
Open Day
Place of study
Teaching takes place in Pardubice
You can submit the application

Why study with us?

This two-year, tuition-free Master of Arts (MA) programme, taught in English, is conducted in cooperation with the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, an internationally renowned research centre. The programme offers full specialisation in the two main domains of practical philosophy: ethics and political philosophy. It is ideally, but not exclusively, suited for students with a BA degree in general philosophy. The study plan uniquely combines historical and systematic approaches with a strong emphasis on contemporary and pressing issues. The problem-oriented interactive teaching encourages students to think independently and critically about phenomena that are highly relevant both within and outside academia, such as issues of marginalisation and exclusion, animal rights, nature of democracy and climate crisis. The study has a strong research orientation: Our students receive systematic training both in academic writing skills and in critical philosophical thinking to write an original MA thesis in one of the programme domains. The best graduates will be prepared to apply for PhD study at leading academic institutions or to join our vibrant multinational PhD community. Click here for more detailed information about the study plan.

Students are taught and supervised by a dynamic and active team of internationally recognised researchers from the Centre for Ethics, backed by the established institutional environment of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. We thus offer a plurality and diversity of learning experiences and innovative research perspectives, in a very creative, inspiring and welcoming environment. Click here for more information about who will teach you.

From the start, our students are invited to participate in the abundant research activities of the Centre for Ethics. The Centre and its doctoral students regularly organise international conferences, workshops, and seminars with high-profile invited speakers, such as Raimond Gaita, Veena Das, John Lippitt, Cora Diamond, and Toril Moi. The Centre hosts prestigious research projects, for instance the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action fellowships. It also maintains a rich network of international collaborations with universities such as Genoa, Manchester, Åbo, Dublin, King’s College London, Melbourne, and Uppsala, ranging from joint grant projects to Erasmus partnerships. Click here for more information about the Centre for Ethics and its activities. 

What are the admission requirements?

Deadline for application: 28th April 2023Electronic Admission Application

Candidates must have completed B.A. in Philosophy. In exceptional cases, the admission committee can admit B.A. in a different program.

Candidates must be proficient in academic English both spoken and written, at the level corresponding to CEFR B2+. The level of proficiency will be tested during admission interviews that will be conducted in English. Candidates can attach certificates of language proficiency to their applications.

The application includes, as an attachment, a sample of the candidate’s academic writing in English, of 1500-4000 words. This may be a part of their BA thesis, a final exam of a course they have passed, the proposed project of the MA thesis, a philosophical essay on the topic of their own choice, or a summary of a relevant philosophical text. The text should have the proper academic form (with references etc.)

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Courses taken by the first-year students this year

Teaching (LECTURE + EXERCISE + SEMINAR) in hours per week
First year
Winter term
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Type of subject
Compulsory subject
Scope of teaching
0+0+2
Credits
6
Name of the subject
Type of subject
Compulsory subject
Scope of teaching
2+0+2
Credits
7
Type of subject
Compulsory subject
Scope of teaching
2+0+2
Credits
7
Name of the subject
Type of subject
Compulsory subject
Scope of teaching
1+0+1
Credits
5
Type of subject
Compulsory subject
Scope of teaching
1+0+1
Credits
5
Type of subject
Compulsory subject
Scope of teaching
0+0+2
Credits
5

Úspěšní studenti

Centre for Ethics

Founded in 2017, The Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value focuses on issues surrounding the distinctive value of human life, and the ways in which this value may be either recognised or overlooked in both personal and political contexts. Our aim is to develop a conception of the nature and value of humanity and to apply it to a range of personal and political issues, including attitudes towards marginalised groups and issues surrounding populism, nationalism, religious conflict, migration and a changing European identity.

Our team

Kdo Tě bude učit

doc. Niklas Forsberg, Ph.D.
Centre for Ethics
Head of Research
doc. Laura Candiotto, PhD
Centre for Ethics
doc. Mgr. Ondřej Beran, Ph.D.
Centre for Ethics
Deputy head of research
Mgr. Kamila Pacovská, Ph.D.
Centre for Ethics
Deputy head of research
Antony Fredriksson
Centre for Ethics

What scholarships can you get

Merit scholarship
from the second year up to 2 640 CZK per month
Accommodation scholarship
for students with permanent residence outside Pardubice up to 550 CZK per month

Tuition fees

The students of the program pay NO tuition fees, but there are two minor administrative fees to count with:

  • Admission Fee for applicants: 2000 CZK (approx. 80 EUR) – one-time non-refundable fee to be paid when applying for studies
  • Administrative fee: 1000 CZK (approx. 40 EUR) – to be paid once each year at the beginning of the academic year

On top of that, minor fees can apply to:

  • BA Diploma translation and certification 
  • BA Diploma nostrification: 600 CZK (approx. 24 EUR) when applied for at our Faculty
  • VISA/residency permit (depending on the country of origin; in general for most non-EU citizens)

Czech Republic is a country with relatively low living costs, we nevertheless advise you to check the following to estimate your monthly expenses:

For more details see here.

Full-time study

Full-time study has a fixed schedule on weekdays during mornings and/or afternoons. As a student, you will be on campus daily participating in seminars and lectures. You will have the status of student.

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