Learning outcomes

A master’s degree candidate in philosophy in the study option Ancient Philosophy


  • has advanced knowledge and competence in ancient European philosophy till early Byzantine times, as well as a general philosophical competence, for instance in ethics or metaphysics
  • has specialized knowledge of the area of his/her master’s thesis within ancient philosophy. This may focus on a particular philosopher or philosophical work or a school in Antiquity
  • has in-depth knowledge of different methods and theories for approaching philosophical and other texts, for example close reading with philosophical analysis in combination with philological methods
  • is able to use his/her knowledge within ancient philosophy to identify fruitful philosophical questions
  • is able to analyze philosophical questions on the basis of the history and traditions of philosophy from Antiquity until today, and knows how to approach contemporary questions from a philosophical point of view


  • is able to assess in a critical manner both primary and secondary sources of ancient philosophy, as well as to analyze and discuss complex subject matters with great precision
  • is capable of analyzing philosophical theories and methods and of applying knowledge of historical philosophical ideas to different positions within philosophy and to other fields
  • is capable of using both exegetical and systematic methods of philosophy in an independent manner
  • is able to carry out an independent and well-defined research project  within the history of philosophy under supervision and in accordance with ethical norms for academic integrity

General competence

  • is able to assess ethical questions based on different ethical theories from a philosophical and a historical perspective
  • is capable of applying his/her knowledge and skills within philosophy to areas that require an ability to analyze complex problems, as well as to develop possible solutions from a philosophical perspective
  • is able to communicate his/her own research both orally and in writing, and masters philosophical language and terminology
  • is able to communicate philosophical and historical insight both to peers and to a wider audience
  • is able to use his philosophical knowledge to contribute to a professional development within an academic community


Published Sep. 23, 2015 1:03 PM - Last modified Sep. 28, 2015 3:51 PM