History, Philosophy and Culture of Science (HPS+)

... looks into questions such as ...

  • What are the foundations and methodologies in the sciences?
  • How do scientific conceptualisation and theory construction come about?
  • In what way do humanities, social sciences and cultural studies as well as natural and engineering sciences differ?
  • Which values should guide science practice?
  • Which role does science play in society?

Degree programmes


History, Philosophy and Culture of Science (HPS+), Master 1 subject


Degree: Master of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: German, English

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

it is the only Master’s degree in the German-speaking countries that combines theoretical and historical reflection of science with cultural and social perspectives of science.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • philosophy of science (foundations and methodologies in the sciences)
  • history of science (formation and evolution of the sciences)
  • science ethics (responsibility and application of science)
  • science research from the perspective of cultural studies
  • science and technology in the social context (STS)

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • an interest in the foundations, methodologies, values and the social relevance of sciences, as well as the ability to explore these fields systematically and diligently

  • the closer examination of the ‘obvious’, the study of historical developments, and first and foremost the interdisciplinary approach

struggle through:

  • fascinating, but often complex and ambitious systematic argumentation and historical source texts

This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • Bachelor of Arts, especially in philosophy
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • academic research and education
  • science management
  • promotion of science
  • non-academic research
  • communication of science

And else?

An internship ...

is recommended.
Duration: 1 semester

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 3rd semester.
Duration: 1 semester

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Prof. Dr. D. Helmut Pulte
Building, Room: GA 3/149
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-28726
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Philosophie
Building, Room: GA 3/36
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-24720
Website Fachschaft


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