- The Master of Philosophy has a thorough knowledge of the history of philosophy, of the most important philosophical disciplines and methods and of the most important trends in contemporary philosophy.
- He/she has a specialised and profound knowledge of a number of central themes and questions in different disciplines of systematic philosophy and of the most important international debates on the subject.
- He/she has insight in the internal relations between the most important philosophical disciplines and methods and in the fact that complex philosophical and social problems can be clarified from an interdisciplinary-philosophical perspective.
- He/she has the necessary skills to effectively expound and/or develop the knowledge and insight decribed in (1),(2) and (3) in function of a philosophical and/or social question. Knowing that this is a never-ending process, he/she is intent on continuously repeating this expansion and development of knowledge and insight.
- The skill and attitude described in (4) implies that the Master of Philosophy is able to independently consult the correct sources for the analysis of philosophical problems. For this he/she is able to use classical and digital media effectively.
- Moreover he/she is able to soundly and critically analyse original philosophical texts.
- He/she has also sufficient language skills to consult and analyse the sources and texts mentioned in (5) and (6) when these are written in French, German or English.
- He/she is able to place philosophical texts and problems in their historical, social and cultural context.
- The Master of Philosophy has the critical attitude for evaluating the presuppositions or underlying ideas of convictions, positions and theories in as far as they are not well-considered, forgotten, pushed out or suppressed and for evaluating the formal validity, rationality and reasonableness of arguments and debates.
- Moreover, he/she is prepared to apply the critical attitude described in (9) to his/her own presuppositions, convictions and points of view, by questioning these fundamentally and by justifying them in dialogue and in debate with a multitude of other convictions and points of view.
- He/she is also prepared to place his/her own philosophical insights in the fundamental structures of humanity and of social and cultural life next to the ways in which other disciplines describe these structures and to let his/her own insight be impregnated by these.
- He/she pursues insight in the philosophical backgrounds and presuppositions of modern and contemporary, social, national and international developments, trends and discussions and he/she has developped the attitude to participate in the philosophical and social debate on the subject, depending on his/her personal situation and responsibility.
- The Master of Philosophy is able to independently formulate a problem and to develop a research strategy to develop and assess the problem.
- He/she has the skills to write a clear and coherent text on a general philosophical topic for a large audience.
- He/she has the skills to write an argumentative text on a specialised topic and to convincingly participate in a discussion on the subject with colleagues, possibly in an international context.
- He/she has the required knowledge, insight and skills to write, orally present and defend a thesis on a philosophical topic of his/her choice.