About the programme
GPA 2018: All applicants admitted  
Language: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


This programme is only offered in Danish.

The science of thinking

The subsidiary subject in philosophy teaches you to think sharply and deeply – and at a highly theoretical level. You can therefore use your subsidiary subject to reflect on your main subject and think through its basis – as well as the opportunity to regard its ethical, political and scientific-philosophical contexts in perspective.

From idea to action

The subsidiary subject gives you an opportunity to examine topics that range from body and soul, and upbringing and punishment to management and organisation. A common feature of all subjects is that you examine the underlying ideas in their historical, social and cultural contexts. This subsidiary subject thus gives you interdisciplinary skills that you can use in many different contexts.

Philosophical methodologies, theories and points of view

During the two years you spend studying your subsidiary subject, you gain an insight into the Western philosophical tradition. You thus get an historical overview of different philosophical trends and get to know numerous philosophical methodologies. You become familiar with these by reading texts dating from Antiquity right up to the present day. Finally, you become acquainted with theoretical, ethical and political points of view. You become capable of manoeuvring within the framework of philosophical thinking and of spotting structures and contexts across different time periods.

One of the basic ideas at the Institute of Philosophy and the History of Ideas is being able to ask questions such as:

  • How do you decide what is right and what is wrong?
  • How do we know what is real about reality?
  • How do we anything at all?
  • What signifis the human?
  • What is “the good society”?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions. 


Structure bachelor

Structure master

Student life

Life at Nobel Park

As a student at Philosophy, you spend every day at the Nobel Park, which is an extension of the university complex. The Nobel Park is where many humanistic degree programmes are based. Philosophy has its own library and reading room, but shares lecture theatres, the canteen and surrounding areas with the other fields of study at the Nobel Park.


As a supplementary subject student at the Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, you can avail yourself of the following offers:

  • In the Student Committee, you have an opportunity to influence your own degree programme. This is where you can discuss topics such as practical or teaching-related problems with other students.
  • The Association of the History of Ideas organises lectures on related topics.
  • The Philosophical Association is the lecture association for this subject, where experts from Denmark and abroad hold lectures on their own or other people’s contributions to philosophy.
  • The Filosofisk Studenter Kollokvium (Philosophical Students Colloquium) is a student initiative that aims at creating an open, academic forum where you can try out philosophical ideas in front of interested fellow students.
  • Doxa is the name of the philosophy students’ newsletter, and it is published twice per term. Here you can read philosophical discussions or make your own contributions.
  • Philosophia is the name of a publishing house mainly run by students.
  • Eliten is the students’ own film club, which publishes a programme each term. Here you can see films that are anything but mainstream.
  • The Friday bar, “Panta Rei”, for Philosophy and History of Ideas is located in building 1465, room 515. This is an ideal place to meet with fellow students from your own and other years. 

You can also join in a large number of events organised by other departments at the Faculty of Humanities and by the University of Aarhus. These include lectures, dissertation defence, intro days, seminars and sports days.

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Teacher of philosophy

As a graduate with a subsidiary subject in philosophy you are qualified as an upper secondary schoolteacher, teacher of the Danish Higher Technical Examination Programme (HTX), and teacher at folk high schools, evening classes, architectural colleges, teaching colleges and library schools.

Philosophy is a minor subject at upper secondary school, so you have better job opportunities if you combine philosophy with a major subject, e.g. Danish, history, English or social science, rather than a medium or minor subject.

For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or

Communication, consultancy or culture

In addition to teaching jobs, you can also work in the following sectors:

  • Communication and IT as an information officer, copywriter or consultant.
  • Organisational development as an organisation or process consultant in private or public sector companies.
  • Art and culture as a cultural assistant for newspapers and television, and as an information officer in cultural institutions.

Competence profile

  • Overview: During the course of your studies, you work in detail with philosophy, including trends, new developments and the different academic customs and traditions, and their knowledge norms and forms.
  • Society-related analysis: You learn philosophical analysis tools that you can apply in non-philosophical areas, e.g. within health, culture, information and management.
  • Communication: Your studies teach you how to communicate abstract, theoretical material, both verbally and in writing.
  • Identification: You develop the ability to identify, thematise and articulate problematic underlying presumptions and preconceived ideas in ethical convictions and attitudes, as well as different value perceptions and belief frameworks for the self-perception of the individual and society.