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Master in Modern and Contemporary European Philosophy

The Master in Modern and Contemporary European Philosophy focuses on European philosophy from Descartes to the present day. To our knowledge this is the only existing Master’s programme that has a specialisation in this field of philosophy. It is especially designed for international students who have a special interest and who aim for a first class education in modern and contemporary European philosophy.

The programme offers an in depth study of European philosophy beginning with classical rationalism and empiricism, moving on to Kant and German Idealism, and concluding with 20th century and contemporary philosophy.

The programme is unique since it includes credited language courses that give students the opportunity to improve on their knowledge of French and German, it offers credited internships that connect students with the job market, and finally it includes interdisciplinary course options in other fields like history, politics, or literature.

We believe that the structure and content of our programme prepare students in a particularly good manner for either pursuing doctoral studies in philosophy, or for their future career outside the academic field.



The concept

  • A high-level academic education in modern and contemporary European philosophy
  • Strong research orientation
  • Profound insights into historical developments and systematic problems of modern and contemporary European philosophy

The advantages

  • No tuition fees
  • Teaching by international, experienced faculty
  • An international, multilingual learning environment
  • Proximity to EU institutions
  • Optional courses in other disciplines (history, linguistics, political sciences etc.)
  • Multiple career opportunities
  • Several well-paid student assistantships available

The programme

  • A two-year full-time study programme (120 ECTS)
  • Courses taught in English
  • Credited German and French language courses
  • Credited internship opportunities (EU institutions, media, museums, industry etc.)
  • One-to-one teaching and advising

Overview of the programme structure and modules

Mandatory credited German and French language courses

The courses will take place in September, during the first two weeks of the winter semester. To register please contact the programme study administrator.


This Master is part of the Guillaume Dupaix International Master's Scholarship funded by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. It aims to attract high-achieving international students who wish to follow a master’s programme at the University of Luxembourg.

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Course director


  • Duration: 4 semesters (120 ECTS), full-time
  • Registration fees: 200 € / semester
  • Languages: EN
  • Application period: 
    • EU: Avril - August
    • Non-EU: February - April

Any questions? Contact us for information about registration and studying at the University of Luxembourg: