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Metaphysics and Epistemology

24 months
9124 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
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If you choose the Metaphysics and Epistemology specialisation at Radboud University  you will be totally immersed in the contemporary debate of one of the most important fields of Philosophy. 

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Programme overview

The Master's research specialisation in Metaphysics and Epistemology focuses on age-old questions of being, truth and reality from a contemporary viewpoint. You will draw from other philosophical fields like Philosophy of Mind, Social and Political Philosophy, and Philosophical Anthropology.

This programme is closely connected to the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy and we offer enough courses in continental philosophy in order for you to fill your entire programme with it. You will also receive one-one-one guidance in creating your programme and research.

What will you learn?

  • Get a theoretical background in traditional philosophy and learn how to apply it to contemporary debates

  • Examine philosophers from the hermeneutic and continental traditions

  • Gain valuable experience in designing, conducting and presenting your own research

Career prospects

This programme has been designed for people with the ambition to do research. Graduates tend to fall into one of three groups:

  • A majority of the students continue their research within academia by applying for a doctoral programme in the Netherlands or abroad. We take particular pride in the fact that more than 75 percent of our graduates manage to obtain a PhD position within two years of graduating.
  • A second group goes on to teach philosophy at secondary schools.
  • And a third group enter research-related professions outside of education.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The Notion of Stupidity in Contemporary Philosophy
  • Elective research seminars
  • Elective course
  • State of the Art Paper and Master’s thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Master’s degree in Philosophy. The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Master's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10).
  • A proficiency in English
  • Highly motivated:The applicant has to demonstrate to the Examination Board that they have serious research interests and skills. They must write a motivation letter and send a writing sample which can help evaluate their research and writing skills.
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9124 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9124 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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  • StuNed scholarship programme
  • Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund
  • Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund

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