Career Prospects

The aim of the MA program in philosophy of science (MA WP) is to provide students with the tools to engage in a philosophical reflection of the conceptual foundations of the sciences and of their social and political significance.  In addition students receive training in philosophy more broadly, both in contemporary philosophy and the history of philosophy, and will learn to analyze and develop critical arguments.  These skills can be applied more broadly to a critical analysis of contemporary problems arising in a complex world increasingly influenced by science and technology.  Thus, successfully completing our MA program will qualify you for several different types of career. 

First, you can 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 with its five tenured faculty 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). 

Second, there exist a variety of jobs in the public sector for which the skill set acquired with the MA in philosophy of science may be an advantage: universities and research institutions offer positions in research management, in research-related public relations or as coordinators of interdisciplinary research groups. Furthermore, there are similar administrative positions in government agencies (especially those involved with science policy, education, technology, environment, or health), as well as in science funding agencies. 

Third, you may wish to search for a job the private sector.  Options here range from publishing houses, the media, or private foundations to freelance journalism or ethics counseling.