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Explore human knowledge and morality

Change your future! Take the Master’s in Humanities (Research): Philosophy

On completing this Master’s programme, you’ll have strong expertise in your own discipline, as well as the ability to collaborate with other experts outside the university in an international context. You’ll have all the skills needed to work as a researcher inside and outside academia – making you a great candidate for a PhD position or a job in the industry.

Year 1

In the first year, you’ll start with courses in moral and political philosophy and in social epistemology, as well as with courses on foundational texts in epistemology and ethics from the history of philosophy. You’ll also take courses during which you’ll set up and carry out philosophical research projects.

Together with fellow students in the Humanities (Research) programme, in the second semester you’ll hone your interdisciplinary skills during two compulsory core courses: Methodologies and either Environmental or Digital Humanities. Finally, you’ll take electives offered by the Dutch Research School of Philosophy or the Research Schools on Ancient or Medieval Studies.


You will find the study programme in our studyguide.

Year 2

You’ll start your second year with the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively, you can select from a number of courses offered by VU Amsterdam, the Dutch Research School of Philosophy and the Research Schools on Ancient or Medieval Studies.

This is accompanied by another course that’s common to all Humanities (Research) students. You can choose either Humanities Career Preparation if you wish to prepare for a PhD, or Entrepreneurship if you want to start your own business, or Community Service Learning if you’re keen to apply your knowledge to solve societal issues and collaborate with others inside and outside the university. Finally, you’ll write your Master’s thesis based on independent academic research.

Questions about the Philosophy specialization?

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