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

  • 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?


Master of Arts
Winter- and summer semester
4 semesters
Classroom language
Not restricted, application at the faculty required
Information on enrollment/application for German applicants

Information on enrollment/application for German applicants

Application information for international applicants

Application 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 from 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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