Aesthetics - Master Programme in the Humanities 2019/2020

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The academic discipline known as aesthetics explores a wide spectrum of questions ranging from the role of art in society, the nature and significance of beauty, the foundations of art criticism, and more. Studied from a philosophical perspective, aesthetics aims to provide a set of tools for thinking precisely and rigorously about issues and problems in a variety of domains to do with the arts, aesthetic experience and culture more broadly.

Why this programme?

The Master Programme in the Humanities offered by the internationally recognised Philosophy Department at Uppsala University is a two year course leading to a Master of Arts (120 credits) degree in Aesthetics. The Master Programme is also available as a one year, 60 credit degree, although it is expected that the majority of students will choose the full two year version.
 
Uppsala University's International Master's is unique and provides an exciting set of opportunities for undergraduates who wish to further deepen their academic training. The first year of study is built around compulsory components (including a research seminar). Students concurrently take elective courses, some of which are intensive master classes offered by renowned international visiting scholars. There are opportunities to take such courses not only at Uppsala but also at other Swedish universities. Students will develop an individual study plan with the convener of the Master's programme and will be assigned a supervisor in preparation for writing a thesis during the second year of the course.
 
The second year of the course comprises a special semester long course for Master's students developing their research. Students will continue to take elective courses and begin work on their thesis. The second semester is dedicated to thesis writing and culminates in the thesis defense.
 
The structure of this course mirrors closely that of a Swedish doctoral degree and will provide excellent preparation for students thinking of continuing their studies at the doctoral level in Sweden or elsewhere, in addition to those who plan to terminate their studies at the Master's level. The department is able to offer specialised supervision in a wide a range of subject areas within Aesthetics and Philosophy. In addition to Aesthetics, the Philosophy Department also has significant strengths in Practical Philosophy (including Applied Ethics and the Philosophy of Law), Theoretical Philosophy (including the Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Science), the History of Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Anthropology.

Degree

The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Aesthetics as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).

All specialisations of this programme

Programme

For a Master of Arts (60 credits):

During the first semester, we recommend that you take a theory and method course (7.5 credits).

During the first and second semesters you will take at least two optional courses (7.5 credits) in aesthetics and possibly one optional course (7.5 credits) from the courses offered at advanced level at the Faculty of Arts.

In addition, you will write a Master's thesis (30 credits). The thesis will enable you to undertake an in-depth study of an area or question which you have chosen together with your teacher/supervisor. You are free to organise your thesis writing as you see fit, but most students choose to do the bulk of the work during the second term.  

For a Master of Arts (120 credits):

During the first semester, we recommend that you take a theory and method course (7.5 credits).

During the first and second semesters you will take at least two optional courses (7.5 credits) in aesthetics and possibly one optional course (7.5 credits) from the courses offered at advanced level at the Faculty of Arts. You can chose if or when you would like to take a reading course.

During the third and fourth semesters you will take at least three optional courses (7.5 credits) in Aesthetics and possibly one course (7.5 credits) from the courses offered at advanced level at the Faculty of Arts.

During the second year of the programme you will write a Master's thesis (45 credits). The thesis will enable you to undertake an in-depth study of an area or question which you have chosen together with your teacher/supervisor. You are free to organise your thesis writing as you see fit, but most students choose to do the bulk of the work during the second year.

Learning experience

Courses usually correspond to 7.5 credits. Some courses are intensive courses (e.g. 2 weeks) whereas others spread out the teaching more (e.g. over 5 weeks). 

The forms of examination vary from course to course, but tend primarily to be oral assessments and home exams. 

The language of instruction is English.

Career

This Master Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Aesthetics provides students with a deep and diverse set of skills applicable across a variety of career paths. The supervised writing of a Master's thesis and the written course work will develop your analytical writing skills. The rigorous reasoning and writing skills are an asset in diverse careers including in the administration of cultural and arts organisations, journalism, teaching, policy analysis, and more. The training is also highly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies at the doctoral level, either in Sweden or elsewhere.

Admissions

Aesthetics

120 credits

Autumn 2019 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2019-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M5011 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within Aesthetics, Philosophy, Music, Literature or Art History. Also required is 60 credits in Aesthetics or a similar field of study.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Fees:

If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Contact and further resources

Contact the respective department for information about your chosen specialisation:

Cultural Anthropology: Annika Teppo studierektorAN@antro.uu.se

Telephone: +46 18 471 22 87

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Archeology info@arkeologi.uu.se

Cultural Heritage and Sustainability: Gustaf Leijonhufvud info@konstvet.uu.se

Telephone: +46 18 471 28 87

Musicology: Mattias Lundberg mattias.lundberg@musik.uu.se

Telephone: +46 18 471 15 84

Philosophy: Andrew Reisner andrew.reisner@filosofi.uu.se

Aesthetics: Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann elisabeth.schellekens@filosofi.uu.se

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team: masterprogrammes@uu.se