Home / The University / Faculties / Faculty of Philosophy / Degree Programmes / Master's Degree Programmes / Faculty of Philosophy / Philosophy / Philosophy (taught in English)



The MA Program in Philosophy taught in English provides instruction in all major areas of Western Philosophy; besides, the master’s thesis can be written on a topic from Eastern Philosophy as well; an expert in this field will be appointed as the supervisor. This program secures guidelines by faculty and leaves enough room for student’s own preferences. The degree is recognized worldwide including the EU/EEA and Switzerland, the US, Canada, Russia, Turkey, China, Indian Sub-Continent, Latin America, and the Middle East as well as in Australia and Oceania.


Courses offered: Philosophical Anthropology, Ethics, Axiology, Philosophical Method, Truth and Meaning, Philosophy of Intercultural Relations, Social Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Culture, Logic in the Continental Tradition, Existential Dialectics, Philosophy of the Subjective Action, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence.

Faculty Members: All faculty teaching at the program are approved by the Bulgarian State Highest Assessment Commission. They feature successful teaching experience in this country and abroad and are well published in Bulgarian and English.

Duration of Studies: two semesters of course attendance plus a third semester for writing the master’s thesis; opportunities for distance learning.

Admission Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in any field of humanities, social science, science, or professional disciplines. No tests or application fee are required (for citizens of EU/EEA and Switzerland applying for a state scholarship 16 € fee is charged and an interview is held). No previous degree in philosophy is needed. No age discrimination or limit.

Tuition fee:

1) citizens of EU/EEA and Switzerland – students in residence: € 893 per school year, state scholarships are available providing more than 75% tuition waiver and a monthly stipend eligibility beginning from the second semester; distance learning/extramural studies: € 842 per school year.
2) international students - students in residence: € 3 850 per school year; distance learning/extramural studies: € 3 300 per school year.

Financial aid:

A) The citizens of EU/EEA and Switzerland are eligible for state scholarships carrying 70% tuition waiver plus a monthly stipend beginning from the second semester.

B) The Fulbright Graduate Grants are offered to American citizens as a form of a very competitive financial aid; for more information seewww.fulbright.bg.

C) Financial aid to Canadian nationals is provided in the form of Government Student Loans by the Province where they permanently reside.

D) The Western Balkans citizens are welcome to apply for Erasmus Mundus/BASELEUS Project scholarship carrying full tuition waiver and monthly stipend, http://www.basileus.ugent.be/index.asp?p=111&a=111 .

E) Students from Turkey can receive financial aid within the Erasmus Student Exchange Program.

F) Financial aid for Chinese students is available within the bilateral Chinese-Bulgarian Cultural Agreement. Please contact the Chinese Ministry of Education for more information.

H) Erasmus + grants are available. Students from Russia (Financial aid for Russian students is available within the bilateral Russian-Bulgarian Cultural Agreement. Please contact the Russian Ministry of Education for more information), Ukraine, Belarus, and the other CIS countries, Indian Sub-Continent, Latin America, and the Middle East receive financial aid in the form of inexpensive dormitory accommodation (about 40 € per month including most of the utilities) plus a discount on public transportation and at the University cafeterias. The same type of financial aid is available for the citizens of EU/EEA and Switzerland, American citizens, Canadian nationals, Western Balkans citizens, students from Turkey, and Chinese students.

Application deadline: September 1 for fall semester admission; January 31 for spring semester admission. It is strongly desirable the application procedure to start three months before the application deadline as the bachelor degree of the applicant needs to be officially recognized by Sofia University.

Student Visa Matters: The Sofia University in cooperation with the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science provides the necessary documents for student visa application to all eligible candidates outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland.

Cultural Life and Recreation: Being the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia features a rich cultural life. In most of the cinemas, English language films can be seen. There are a number of concert halls, dozens of art galleries, and many national and international cultural centers. Streets of Sofia are populated by cozy cafés and high quality inexpensive restaurants offering Bulgarian, European, and international cuisine. Sofia is a favorable place for summer and winter sports including skiing in the nearby mountain of Vitosha. More about Sofia and can be found athttp://www.sofia-life.com/culture/culture.php. You can follow Sofia and Bulgarian news at http://www.novinite.com/lastx.php.

Contact person: Professor Dr. Alexander L. Gungov, Program Director
E-mail: agungov@phls.uni-sofia.bg, agungov@yahoo.com
Phone: (+359 2) 9308-414 (Bulgaria is within the Eastern European Time Zone)
Mailing address: Department of Philosophy, Sofia University, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., Sofia 1504, BULGARIA.