PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

The MA (Ed) programme in Philosophy of Education aims, based on a qualifying first degree, to further develop students' knowledge and skills within the field of philosophy of education, including their competence in carrying out:

  • communication activities
  • teaching activities
  • various tasks in research contexts.

The programme enables the student to independently develop his/her professional competences, including skills in:

  • critically developing his/her knowledge of existing educational and philosophical theories
  • analysing and assessing new educational and philosophical theories, identifying their systematic and historical problem horizon, and providing a solid conceptual definition of the basis and perspectives of educational and philosophical theories
  • identifying other professional educational-philosophical bases, implications, and perspectives.

The programme enables the student to independently develop his/her professional competences, including skills in:

  • critically developing his/her knowledge of existing educational and philosophical theories
  • analysing and assessing new educational and philosophical theories, identifying their systematic and historical problem horizon, and providing a solid conceptual definition of the basis and perspectives of educational and philosophical theories
  • identifying other professional educational-philosophical bases, implications, and perspectives.

By working with the educational-philosophical substance, students gain general intellectual and social competences, including the competence independently and in cooperation with others to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • understand and work with complex texts
  • make conceptual clarifications across different fields and traditions
  • communicate between different academic and professional cultures
  • resolve unclear background assumptions and preconditions
  • apply educational-philosophical knowledge constructively in other areas.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Philosophy of Education requires that you have completed one of the following courses of study:

  • Bachelor's degree in philosophy, history of ideas, theology, education or education science
  • Bachelor's degree in philosophy and economics (FLØK – Copenhagen Business School) or a Bachelor's degree in applied philosophy (Aalborg University).
  • Any other university Bachelor's degree with modules in philosophy, history of ideas and/or education as supplementary subjects equivalent to 30 ECTS
  • Bachelor's degree in education, social education, social work, nursing, in relaxation and psychomotor therapy, occupational therapy, in nutrition and health, in Christianity, culture and communication (3K) or in diaconia and social education
  • Other professional Bachelor's degrees that include modules in philosophy, history of ideas and/or education equivalent to a minimum of 30 ECTS credits.
  • Bachelor's degree in education, social education, social work, nursing, relaxation, occupational therapy or in nutrition and health supplemented by the following: History of philosophy at Bachelor's degree level equivalent to 15 ECTS and modern philosophy at Bachelor's degree level equivalent to 15 ECTS
  • You will be admitted to the degree programmes based solely on your qualifying course of study. It is therefore not possible to become further qualified. The assessment of applicants is based on whether the admission requirements are met. Work experience is not included in the assessment of the qualifying course of study.

Admission on other terms

Following individual assessment, Aarhus University may grant admission to the degree programme for applicants who do not meet the educational requirements but who are deemed to have the necessary qualifications to be able to complete the degree programme. Work experience is not included in the assessment; only formal education is assessed.

If you apply for admission to a Master's degree programme on the basis of a course of study which is not described as qualifying in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme(s) to which you are applying, you must enclose a description of your educational background as well as documentation of this. To enable an assessment of your educational background to be made, the following requirements must be met:

1. Your educational background must be on a par with that of the qualifying course of study which is described in the academic regulations for the Master's degree programme.

2. Your educational background must have a scope of at least three years of full-time study – equivalent to 180 ECTS credits.

3. Your educational background must be academically relevant.

4. If your educational background is composed of different modules and/or courses of study at multiple universities/educational institutions, and if you want to be admitted on this basis, you must enclose a summary of your entire educational background. The summary must include the titles of the modules and/or courses of study you have passed, the year in which they were passed and the names of the various educational institutions.

5. The documentation of your educational background must include: a) a description of the purpose, content, level and duration of the course of study, e.g. in the form of academic regulations, and b) documentation that you have passed/completed the course of study in the form of certificates.

Restricted admission

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Philosophy of Education is restricted.

Selection criteria

If the number of qualified applicants to the degree programme exceeds the number of places, an academic assessment committee will be appointed to select applicants on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Average mark for qualifying course of study. The average mark is calculated at the time of the application. Read more about calculating average marks.

NB: A qualifying average mark (GPA) is no longer calculated as the average mark is included in the overall assessment.

2. Description of educational relevance. The academic assessment committee assesses the applicants on the basis of an enclosed description of educational relevance as well as documentation in the form of certificate/transcript of records, academic regulations (if any) and any further documentation at Bachelor's and/or Master's degree level. What does a description of educational relevance contain?

There is no waiting list for the Master's degree in Educational Philosophy.

Admission to Emdrup or Aarhus?

The Master's Degree Programme in Philosophy of Education is offered in both Emdrup and Aarhus, but you must choose whether you want to create an application for admission to this Master's degree programme in either Emdrup or Aarhus. ONCE you have chosen 'Philosophy of Education – summer intake', you will be asked where you want to study.

Transfer

It is not possible to apply for transfer from other Master's degree programmes to the Master's Degree Programme in Philosophy of Education.

Programme structure

Academic regulations


 

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Career

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The programme develops the student's practical competences, including skills in: 

  • planning, structuring, and carrying out large, independent projects
  • taking a critical stand on ethical dilemmas
  • reflecting critically, normatively, and in perspective on one's own and others' practice
  • creating educational theory in a political idea historical and ethical perspective
  • identifying and elucidating ethical dilemmas and choices
    communicating complex problems.

The programme qualifies students to teach philosophy in certain upper secondary school programme according to the regulations in force at the time in question.

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.