CAREER PROSPECTS

The aim of the Philosophy of Science M.A. program is to provide students with the tools to engage in philosophical reflection concerning the conceptual foundations of the sciences, and their social and political significance. In addition, students receive a more general philosophical education, covering both contemporary philosophy and the history of philosophy, and will learn to critically analyze and develop arguments.  The skills which this program is designed to develop can be applied beyond philosophy, enhancing students’ ability to engage in critical analysis of contemporary problems, arising in a complex world increasingly influenced by science and technology.  There are several potential career paths for which these skills are an asset:

1) You could pursue an academic career: in this case, your next step would be a doctorate, preferably in philosophy or in philosophy of science. The Institute of Philosophy at Leibniz Universität Hannover hosts the graduate research training group "Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research" (DFG-GRK 2073) in collaboration with the Philosophy Department of Bielefeld University, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). 

2) There exist a variety of public sector jobs which utilize the skill set acquired in the M.A. program: universities and research institutions offer positions in research management, in research-related public relations or as coordinators of interdisciplinary research groups. There are similar administrative positions in government agencies (especially those involved with science policy, education, technology, environment, or health), and in science funding agencies. 

3) You may wish to search for a job the private sector.  Careers for which the critical thinking, writing and research skills developed in the program are essential range from publishing houses, the media, and private foundations to freelance journalism or ethics counseling.