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Master in Philosophy
2 years, 120 ECTS


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The Master in Philosophy offered in Lugano by the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) is a two-year graduate programme designed to provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive education in philosophy. It is one of the most advanced and innovative Master programmes in philosophy worldwide.

The programme is taught entirely in English and focuses on four core areas: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Logic, Philosophy of Physics.

The programme is characterized by its small class sizes and its emphasis on close interaction between students and faculty. Students can work closely with professors of international stature, both in seminars and in one-on-one tutorials.

The Master in Philosophy is strongly research-oriented and students are encouraged to engage with the broader philosophical community by attending conferences and workshops, participating in reading groups and discussion forums, and presenting their own research at conferences and seminars. Students further develop their presentation and discussion skills by submitting regular written work and producing research papers.

Furthermore, the Master in Philosophy offered by USI guarantees a personal tutor, who is usually chosen among the professors of the Master and who provides regular one-on-one tutorials, feedback on written work, and guidance about future academic careers.

Why should you choose this Master in Philosophy? Because we prepare our students for the most demanding PhD programmes in Philosophy. Various strategies and opportunities have been designed for students to be ready for their PhD applications. Thanks to such strategies and the disciplinary focus of the programme, most of the MAP students who applied for a PhD programme received an offer before graduating.

Attending the MAP was an invaluable opportunity that greatly benefited my career development. I was able to improve my research skills and learn how to effectively write academic papers, thanks to the significant support of the professors.

Lorenzo Lorenzetti, PhD student at the University of Bristol, Master of Arts in Philosophy, 2021

Key Facts


Quality of the Swiss university system

1 to 7

Teacher/student ratio


Countries represented

Why USI?

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) is a young and agile university that offers its students a quality education and an enhancing study experience.

USI is one of the 12 certified public universities in Switzerland and member of swissuniversities. It is organised in six faculties and is active in several study and research areas. It is located in Lugano and Mendrisio (faculty of architecture only), in the heart of the Ticino region.

International faculty teach students with an interdisciplinary, engaging and interactive approach, leaving room for practical application.

Seven reasons for choosing USI:

  • Quality of the Swiss university system
  • International faculty
  • Leading interdisciplinary education
  • Teacher/student ratio 1 to 7
  • Strong ties with the business world
  • Flexible structure, open to the exchange of ideas
  • International, dynamic and welcoming environment

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