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9124 EUR/year
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What is consciousness? Do we have a free will? As a student in our Research Master's in Philosophy of Mind (Research) at Radboud University you will try to answer these questions by combining analytical philosophy, continental phenomenology and empirical data.

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Programme overview

The Master's research specialisation in Philosophy of Mind focuses on a phenomenological approach to answering traditional questions in the field. The programme also uses the latest insights from the field of cognitive neuroscience to help in analysing these questions.

You’ll study problems such as mental causation, phenomenal consciousness and the nature of mental state attribution from the viewpoint of neurophenomenenology and the embodied embedded cognition paradigm.

This programme is closely connected with the Donders Institute and the Free University in Amsterdam, meaning that you will be able to work with and learn from some of the leading experts in the field.

What will you learn?

  • Gain an understanding of typical approaches to cognition, as well as more recent insights into how phenomena may be socially constructed

  • Choose from a number of elective seminars from other specialisations within the field of philosophy
  • Get valuable experience designing, conducting and presenting your own research as well as experience in writing academic papers

Career prospects

As a student in our Research Master Philosophy you will arm yourself with all the necessary tools for a future career in academia.

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 include:

  • Embodied, embedded and extended cognition
  • Theories of theories of mind
  • Free will and mental causation
  • Elective research seminars
  • Elective courses

  • State of the Art Paper and Master’s thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

September intake:

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). 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 Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10).
  • English proficiency
  • 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

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  • International

    9124 EUR/year
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  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2143 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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