Philosophy MA


Philosophy MA




Degree program



Accreditation number



Department of General Philosophy
Department of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Department of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
Department of Logic




4 semesters (2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The MA course offered by the Institute of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities is a two-year, full-time program comprising four semesters. Students need to have some philosophical background – a minimum of 30 credits as part of their BA studies. Students will have the opportunity to draw up their study and research programme under the supervision of a supervisor of their studies (in most cases different to their thesis supervisor). The aim of this setup is to give flexibility, and at the same time guidance so that students gain a thorough coverage and a sound grounding in the major fields of philosophy. At the same time students are required to engage in research either in some areas of history of philosophy, or in some field of systematic philosophy. These studies lead up to the MA thesis project.

This program is recommended to applicants who would like to deepen their knowledge in philosophy and intend to pursue an academic career or intend to work as experts of the humanities, with an emphasis on philosophy, at such places of employment as publishing houses, cultural centres, international companies, civil service or non-governmental organizations.

The course enables students to carry out a research program in philosophy and prepares them for doctoral studies.

The teachers of the programme have significant international experience. They have studied and/or worked in research projects abroad. The different departments of the Institute of Philosophy have academic co-operations and exchange programmes with various European universities and research centres. It has Erasmus+ partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, Tel Aviv, and with several major European Universities


Instead of tracks of specialisations the programme in philosophy is organised in a flexible way so that students can plan their studies under the guidance of their supervisor of studies. Students are required to choose a focal point in their study and research, earning 48 credits either in History of philosophy or in Systematic philosophy.

Strength of program

Philosophy is one of the three major fields in Arts and Humanities – alongside Archaeology and Linguistics – where Eötvös Loránd University is ranked in the QS lists (150-200). A major special feature of studies in philosophy at Eötvös Loránd University is its balance between the history of philosophy and the systematic aspects of the discipline. This way our students are not only well versed in the details of the development of the Western tradition, but also learn to appreciate the connections between the discussions and issues of the discipline at present, and the historical motivations of these discussions giving them an insight into how these issues were articulated and tackled through the ages.

Find the structure of the program on the webpage of the Faculty.

Career opportunities

This program is recommended to applicants who would like to deepen their knowledge in philosophy and intend to pursue an academic career or intend to work as experts of the humanities, with an emphasis on philosophy, at such places of employment as publishing houses, cultural centres, international companies, civil service or non-governmental organizations.

EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2,200 EUR

2,200 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR

150 EUR

Other costs

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

2,200 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR

Other costs

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

05, Sep, 2022

Deadline for applications - September intake

30, Jun, 2022

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Entry requirements

There are two ways applicants can fulfil entry requirements, (i) or (ii):

(i) Full credit acknowledgment of degree. The applicant holds a university bachelor’s degree in Liberals Arts.
(ii) Itemized credit fulfilment. Applicants holding another university bachelor’s degree are eligible to enter the program if they can show at least 30 credits (or equivalent) of course work spanning the following areas: philosophy, aesthetics and ethics.

For the itemized-credit option (ii), a transcript from the applicant’s bachelor's degree as well as course descriptions for the 30 credits will be requested.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). Details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Language requirements

The language of instruction is English. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate a very good level of English-language skills.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 7.0
CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): C1
TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test): 83-120
TOEFL IBT Home Edition: 83-120
Duolingo: 115

Documents to submit with application
Document Comment
Secondary school certificate (graduation certificate) Notarized copy only on request.
Bachelor-level degree An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree
Transcript of records  
Motivation letter A maximum of 500 words
Essay 5-15 pages total. This can be:  an essay or parts thereof; alternatively, a thesis chapter or parts thereof. Please submit a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15 pages (single spaced).
Research work plan  
Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid) Scanned, in colour all personal details and expiry date must be shown. Passport must be valid.
Copy of application fee transfer  
Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer  
Language certificate Official test result or certificate must be provided; see program specific proficiency requirements
Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English  

Optional documents for admissions

  • Curriculum Vitae in English

In MS Word format with one low resolution photo

  • Research Proposal

Please consult with the coordinating department for more information

  • Letter of Reference

Also called "Letter of recommendation." From a former instructor and/or employer. A maximum 2 letters of recommendation can be submitted.

  • Letter of Authorization

If the applicant uses the services of a non-contracted third party during the application process, a Letter of Authorization must be signed. Applications will not be processed without.

Application procedure

Application deadlines

The deadline for application means the deadline of submission of the full and complete application package in the online system.

Period 1 for September intake: 01/11-31/01/2022 23:59 (CET)
Period 2 for September intake: 01/02-30/06/2022 23:59 (CET)

The application procedure includes 2 periods in order to give the applicants the freedom to submit their application when it’s most suitable for them. The applicants of each period have the same chance to get admittance for the programme. However, please note, that the Faculty of Humanities ELTE reserves the right to cancel the entrance periods in case the number of the admitted applicants reaches the limit during the previous entrance periods.

Procedure of the application

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.
Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150 EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account.
For further information and details about transferring the application fee please visit our Faculty’s website:

IBAN Bank Account: HU 03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/a, Hungary
Name of the Bank: Hungarian State Treasury Ltd. (Magyar Államkincstár)
Address of the Bank: 1139 Budapest, Váci út 71.

Name of applicant
AY (for example: 2022/23/1)
The University’s sub-account number: AC9202/04

Entrance examination and selection process

When the university receives the full application package and it is checked by the Department of International Affairs an entrance exam date option will be sent no later than the application deadline for the relevant period. Please, check your messages in the application system, and the e-mail address that is linked to the account regularly. The applications are examined by the Admission Board no later than after each application period and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system after the decision is official. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system within a few days.

Procedure of the entrance examination

The entrance exam contains a discussion about the motivation of the applicant. Successful applicants must have a good command of English to pass the entrance exam.  The entrance exam can be taken in person or via Skype. Ranking is based on the overall evaluation of academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.

Program leader

Director of Institute, Prosessor

Department of International Affairs
Address: Múzeum krt. 4,1088 Budapest

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities