The Guide to the Programme in Philosophical Sciences addresses individuals who intend to enroll in this master's degree programme. In particular, the Guide provides a step by step explanation of the admission process, with specific information about how to choose the curriculum and about the compulsory exams required in the first semester. The Guide also offers support for the study plan, internships and career opportunities.
International students admitted to the Master's degree in Philosophical Sciences are considered for the programme “Excellence Scholarships” sponsored by the University of Milan.
Candidates who apply by 30 May 2022 are automatically considered for the scholarship and no application is required. The “Excellence Scholarships” are awarded by an ad-hoc Commission.
Notifications to beneficiaries will be made by email before the end of June.
The Master's degree programme in Philosophical Sciences is open to Bachelor's graduates in Philosophy (class L-5), as well as those who obtained a Bachelor's / three-year university degree, or other, whether in Italy or abroad, which is eligible by law. In either case, students must have earned the following academic credits:
a. at least 60 CFU in one or more of the following philosophical academic fields: M-FIL/01, M-FIL/02, M-FIL/03, M-FIL/04, M-FIL/05, M-FIL/06, M-FIL/07, M-FIL/08, SPS/01, IUS/20, M/STO-05;
b. among the 60 CFU in point (a) above, at least 18 must have been earned in one or more of the following historical-philosophical academic fields: M-FIL/06, M-FIL/07, M-FIL/08;
c. up to 18 of the 60 CFU identified in point (a) can be fulfilled through the same number of CFU earned in other academic fields, provided they fall within the following areas: 01 mathematics and computer science, 02 physical sciences, 05 biological sciences, 10 studies in antiquity, philology, literature, and art history, 11 historical, philosophical, pedagogical and psychological studies, 12 legal studies, 13 economic and statistical sciences, 14 political and social sciences;
d. for applicants who earned their degree abroad, in order to properly assess the fitness of their academic programmes pursuant to the criteria appearing in points (a)-(c), a faculty board will determine whether to admit a student based on their understanding and knowledge of philosophy as acquired during their prior course of study, which assessment may include an in-person or virtual interview.
Proficiency in English at a B1 level or higher, under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is required for admission.
The B1-level requirement will be ascertained by the University Language Centre (SLAM) upon admission as follows:
- Language certificate at or above B1, obtained no more than three years earlier. For the list of language certificates recognized by the University please review: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/39267/). The certificate must be uploaded when submitting the online application;
- English level achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme through SLAM courses and tests. The test must have been passed within the last four years. It will be assessed administratively, without the applicant having to attach any certificates;
- Placement Test delivered by the University Language Centre (SLAM), which will take place according to the schedule posted to the website: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/39267/
All those who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the required proficiency level will be invited to take the test through the admission procedure.
Candidates who do not sit or pass the placement test will have until 31 December 2022 to obtain and submit a recognized certificate to SLAM.
Students who do not meet the requirement by 31 December will not be admitted to the Master's degree programme and may not sit further tests.
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The Master's degree programme in Philosophical Sciences does not have capped enrolment; any student meeting the eligibility requirements appearing above may be admitted.
Students earning a score of 95 or above on their final thesis will be deemed to have the proper educational background for the programme.
Students earning a score of less than 95 must pass an interview, which may be held virtually or in person.
Graduates of the University of Milan (class L-5), who earned a final score at or above 95, will be automatically admitted into the programme, as they meet curricular requirements.
Students must select a track within the Master's degree programme upon submitting their application.
Application for admission: from 15/03/2022 to 26/08/2022
Application for matriculation: from 01/04/2022 to 30/09/2022
Attachments and documents
Non-EU visa applicants are required to apply for admission no later than 31 May 2022. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be evaluated and it will in no case be possible to request the refund of the admission fee.
For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:
- the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students
- the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’- that is variable.
The University provides:
- A no tax area for students on track with exams and not on track with exams for one year with ISEE certification until 20.000 €.
- Fees exemption on account of merit, income or disability, or if they meet other specific requirements;
- Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements;
- Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad;
The University also provides:
- Part-time study
- Financial aid, refectory service, accommodation,
- Awards and scholarships
Admission, ranking and enrolment
- Registrar office - contacts
- Online information desk InformaStudenti (please register for the first access)
- International students: welcome desk
- Students with disabilities
- Students with SLD
Programme tutoring and contacts