Aesthetics - Master's Programme in the Humanities 2020/2021

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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, the Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Aesthetics aims to provide you with 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's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Aesthetics, is offered by the internationally recognised Philosophy Department at Uppsala University. It is a two year programme leading to a Master of Arts (120 credits) degree in Aesthetics. The Master's 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.

This international Master's programme is unique and provides an exciting set of opportunities for Master's students 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's classes offered by renowned international visiting scholars.

There are opportunities to take such courses not only at Uppsala University 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 programme.

The structure of this programme closely mirrors 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 move into the workforce after graduation. 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. As a student in this programme, you will be able to take advantage of the department's broad competences.

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 elective courses (7.5 credits) in aesthetics and possibly one elective course (7.5 credits) from a different specialisation 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 elective courses (7.5 credits) in aesthetics and possibly one elective course (7.5 credits) from a different specialisation offered at advanced level at the Faculty of Arts. You can choose if or when you would like to take a reading course.

During the third and fourth semesters you will take at least three elective courses (7.5 credits) in Aesthetics and possibly one elective course (7.5 credits) from a different specialisation 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.

Courses within the programme

In addition to the obligatory courses, students have considerable freedom to plan their studies together with the programme coordinator. Below is an example of how the course work can be organised for a two-year Master's programme.

Semester 1
Philosophical perspectives 1, 7.5 credits (obligatory)
Participation in the higher seminar, 7.5 credits for two semesters (obligatory)
Preparation for thesis work: decide on topic and supervisor together with programme coordinator.
Elective courses, 15 credits in total

Semester 2
Participation in the higher seminar, 7.5 credits for two semesters (obligatory)
Elective courses, 15 credits in total (including Philosophical perspectives 2)
Thesis work commences

Semester 3
Master class, 7.5 credits
Participation in the higher seminar, 7.5 credits for two semesters (obligatory)
Thesis work, 15 credits

Semester 4
Thesis work, completion of thesis and defense at Master's seminar, 30 credits

Learning experience

Courses usually correspond to 7.5 credits. Some courses are intensive courses (e.g. 2 weeks) whereas others are more spread out over time (e.g. 5 weeks). In general, the teaching consists either of lectures, seminars or home study with set questions.

The forms of examination vary from course to course, but tend primarily to be oral assessments and home exams.
Work related to the dissertation (45 credits) is generally spread out over several terms. You can chose how best to organize your work in consultation with your supervisor. It is possible to read courses in parallel with working on the dissertation. Alternatively, you can chose to take all the necessary courses first before focusing on the dissertation.
 
Should you wish to, an internship can be made integral to the programme (corresponding to 7.5 or 15 credits). You are responsible for finding a suitable internship, but the programme coordinator can help the student plan the placement, and assess the significance of the internship for the degree.  
  
The language of instruction is English.

Career

The Master's 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.

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.

Admissions

Aesthetics

120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M5011 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Requirements:
Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences. Also required is 60 credits in aesthetics, philosophy, musicology, literature or art history.

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) where you detail why you want to pursue Master's studies within the programme.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.

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

Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology: Claudia Merli

studierektorAN@antro.uu.se

+46 18 471 22 83

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Archeology, Egyptology

info@arkeologi.uu.se

Gender Studies: Jacob Bull

jacob.bull@gender.uu.se

+46 18 471 57 98

Cultural Heritage and Sustainability: Gustaf Leijonhufvud

gustaf.leijonhufvud@konstvet.uu.se

+46 18 471 28 87

Musicology: Mattias Lundberg

mattias.lundberg@musik.uu.se

+46 18 471 15 84

Philosophy: Pauliina Remes

pauliina.remes@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

Contact the respective department for information about your chosen specialisation.

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