History, Philosophy and Culture of Science (HPS+)

... looks into questions such as ...

  • What are the foundations and methods of the humanities, social and cultural sciences as well as the natural and engineering sciences?
  • How are scientific concepts and theories formed and what values should guide science?
  • What are logical approaches to analyzing scientific theories, arguments and findings?
  • What are valid conclusions and which logical systems play a role in the different fields of science?
  • What role does science play in society and what are the values of science?

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: English

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

it is the only Master's degree program in the German-speaking world that combines reflection on the theory and history of science with cultural and social science perspectives as well as an intensive study of philosophical and non-classical logic.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields

  • Philosophy and history of science (foundations and methods as well as the origin and development of science)
  • Philosophy and history of logic
  • Non-classical logics and their applications as well as questions of philosophical logic
  • Ethics of science as well as cultural and social science research into science and technology

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • Interest in the foundations and formal methods of philosophy, in the values and development of the sciences as well as the ability to abstract and analytically approach formal problems.

  • ​​questioning the 'self-evident', investigating historical and interdisciplinary issues or formal-logical problems and methods. 
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), but also Bachelor of Science
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?

Contact students

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


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