University of Bergen

Philosophy, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English, Norwegian


It is important that the student can work independently with philosophical problems and understand these in a systematic and historical context.


Varied teaching and assessment methods

Master thesis

The Master´s thesis is intended to qualify the student for research on philosophical topics. The student chooses a topic to be investigated, and the result is presented in the form of a thesis. The thesis need not present new material or reach new and original conclusions and insights in order to be accepted, but it should treat its material in accordance with the academic and methodological standards of the field. The size of theses will vary, but a thesis will normally be between 50 and 120 pages long.

The topic of the thesis must be approved by the department and fall within a sub-field in which the department has or can provide the required competence for supervision. The student has the right to be assigned a supervisor for the thesis, chosen by the department. The student and the supervisor will sign a supervision contract.

Programme Structure

Compulsary courses

  •  Master Seminar 1
  • Philosophical sources
  • Master Seminar 2
  • Open Research Topic in Philosophy
  • Master Thesis - Philosophy
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Norwegian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

A first degree (Bachelor´s degree) of three or four years´ duration from an approved institution of higher education, as well as documented proficiency in the English language. Your Bachelor´s degree must have a specialization in philosophy. The specialization should correspond to at least three semesters of full-time study, 90 ECTS credits.

In order for us to be able to evaluate your application, we need specific documentation on the relevance of your former university education. The documents listed below must be included in order for your application to be processed.

Tuition Fee

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The University of Bergen is publicly funded and offers tuition-free quality education for all students, regardless of citizenship.

Living costs for Bergen

  • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
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