12 months
14600 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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With the Philosophy of Contemporary Challenges program at Tilburg University you can study philosophical and ethical issues that arise with respect to populism, migration, terrorism, inequality, sustainability, and the role that science and technology play in our society.

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Learn to understand and ask critical questions concerning international societal challenges, such as terrorism, socio-economic inequality, migration, populism and human enhancement with the Philosophy of Contemporary Challenges program offered at Tilburg University .

Philosophy of Contemporary Challenges in short

Learn to understand and ask critical questions concerning international societal challenges.

  • Human enhancement – in physical and cognitive respects – is no longer the science fiction it used to be. What can we learn from the experience of disability to understand enhancement better?
  • Terrorism poses a continuous challenge for the ways in which we organize our societies and our lives. How should we respond when our security and thus also our basic liberties are under attack?
  • Socio-economic inequality is and remains a crucial challenge within countries, Europe and the world. Which socio-economic inequalities can be justified and on which basis? Which policy proposals would best tackle the many problems posed by inequality?

All courses are taught by experts in the respective fields and revolve around state-of-the-art literature from contemporary thinkers. You learn to come to grips with these at a high academic level and apply them to contemporary challenges in society. You can expect small-scale working methods with a great deal of interaction with your fellow students and teachers.

Career prospects

As a trained philosopher, you are able to analyze and reflect critically on social, political, and ethical issues. 

After graduating, you can also continue your career in various fields as an academic researcher who has already acquired an interdisciplinary background.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Bioethics, Technology and the Body 
  • Justice and Inequality 
  • Migration, Refugees and Human Rights 
  • Science and Public Policy 
  • Terrorism and Security 
  • Populism and Active Citizenship
  • Sustainability and Environmental Ethics 
  • Enlightenment and counterenlightenment
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy 
  • Philosophy of Humanity and Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

Education requirements

  • You are certainly eligible to apply if you have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, such as Philosophy, Culture studies, Political Studies, or Liberal Arts and Sciences and Global Management of Social Issues, Administration studies, Political studies, Economics, Law, European studies, Communication Sciences, Human Resource Management, Psychology and Social Sciences.
  • However, the academic background of the students in our Master's program varies a lot. Students with a Bachelor's degree in a different subject area are also most welcome to apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14600 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2143 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Tilburg

700 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Partner Scholarships Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD)
  • Tuition fee waiver (25%) for non-EU students of partner universities of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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