Philosophy / Philosophie: imaginaire et rationalité (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Arts (M.A.) / Master Recherche

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

It is recommended that students begin their studies in the winter semester.

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Additional application via the Dijonbüro

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-1

Winter semester: until March 31 at the Dijonbüro and April 1 - September 1 at the Student Office
(International applicants: Please contact the International Admission Office first)

Summer semester: until September 30 at the Dijonbüro and October 1 - March 1 at the Student Office
(International applicants: please contact the International Admission Office first)

Required Bachelor's degree:

Philosophy (German-French course of studies) (B.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)




Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject matter

Until well into the last century and up to the present time, modern European philosophy has been shaped in particular by French and German philosophers. From a subject-specific perspective, the representatives of the partner universities in Mainz and Dijon consider the joint degree program as particularly useful, especially since the Université de Bourgogne has a professorship for German Philosophy. The added value of a bi-national double master’s degree in Philosophy in two countries that are particularly important for this discipline is therefore obvious.

The general objective in the field of philosophy is to obtain the ability to deal with philosophical ideas in a scientific manner. This includes, amongst others, knowledge about historical contexts, increased awareness of problems, expertise in using subject-specific methods as well as the ability to participate both in written and oral discourses.

During the course of their studies the students are confronted with the essential problems and topics of philosophy as well as the relevant historical and systematic contexts.  Moreover, in special courses the students practice the methodological, logical and interpretative oriented analysis of texts and philosophical problems.

The participants of the integrated program Philosophy / Philosophie: imaginaire et rationalité at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Université de Bourgogne, France, profit from the different priorities in both countries. Key competences include the ability to analyze, reconstruct, present and discuss abstract theories and systems and the ability to apply these  competences to single questions and scientific, societal and lebensweltliche phenomena as well as their application in interdisciplinary contexts. It is also worth stressing that especially philosophical thinking as such is intercultural, as it is understood that human thinking and human reasoning can not be restricted to a national perspective.

Entrance requirements

In order to be admitted to the bi-national master’s programs in humanities and cultural studies at JGU, applicants have to provide proof of advanced French language proficiency equivalent to five years of school education with a minimum grade of ‘sufficient’/five points (according to the German grading system) or equivalent to level B2 (language test or DELF B2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. University entrance qualifications from French-speaking or bilingual schools (Abi-Bac, which means the student obtains the German Abitur and the French Baccalauréat at the same time) are also considered proof of French language proficiency. In individual cases the examination committee may also accept other forms of proof.

Subject-specific admission requirements for the master's program Philosophy / Philosophie: imaginaire et rationalité include the completion of a bachelor’s program with a standard period of study of at least six semesters at a German or foreign higher education institution (with at least 55 credit points in the field of philosophy and/or ethics) or a degree recognized as equivalent with comparable content and amount of coursework. If the bachelor's degree has not yet been completed by the time of application, the applicant must provide proof of two third of the required subject-specific credit points by the end of the application deadline.

Applicants who have neither completed their university entrance qualification nor their degree at a German-speaking institution have to provide proof of German language proficiency equivalent to level DSH I of the ‘Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber’ (DSH).


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).