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Philosophy of Law and Governance

24 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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In the Philosophy of Law and Governance programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you’ll tackle challenging questions like these, gaining a deeper understanding of the systems of law and justice in Western society.  


How can we respond to grave injustices committed by the state in the past, like colonialism? What does it mean to be a free and equal citizen in a modern democracy? What are the ethical considerations behind euthanasia and abortion laws? 

If you have a legal background, but you’ve found yourself asking questions about the underlying justice behind legal assumptions and provisions, you’ve come to the right place.

This Philosophy of Law and Governance programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is especially designed for legal graduates with a deep interest in the theoretical foundation of the law. Most students follow a traditional Master’s in Law at the same time, meaning that you’ll come out with two Master’s degrees – one in Law and one in Philosophy. This is truly a unique selling point, allowing your career to go in two very different directions.

Pursue an academic career

Many graduates from the Philosophy of Law and Governance programme stay in academia – in fact, we’ve recruited several of them as teachers and researchers for the legal and philosophy departments at VU Amsterdam!

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophy of Science: Disciplines and Themes
  • Normative Ethics
  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: Mind and Body
  • Philosophy of Law. Classic Texts
  • Modern Philosophy: Mind and Body
  • Philosophy of International Law and Migration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be admitted to the programme, you should have a Bachelor’s degree in Law. With a broad university bachelor with a legal track of at least 60 EC (such as Liberal Arts and Sciences or PPLE) you may also be eligible for admission. The Admissions Committee will invest this. 
  • Do you have another university Bachelor's degree that is relevant to the specialisation you want to follow? And do you have knowledge and insight into a sub-area of ​​law, at least at the level of the final attainment levels of the VU Bachelor Rechtsgeleerdheid? And can you demonstrate this with at least 60 ECs in legal courses or knowledge or experience gained in the legal field? Then you may be eligible for admission. This will be investigated by the Admissions Committee.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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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