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Philosophy of Humanities, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #67 (WUR) Leiden, Netherlands
The master's programme in Philosophy of Humanities at Leiden University allows you to specialise in conceptual and methodological issues in the Humanities.
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Overview

Taught by Leiden University's acclaimed international faculty, this programme explores three areas of the humanities: European culture, language and thought, and literature and art.

Explore what Nietzsche called European nihilism. Discover how languages are not interchangeable and that language is more than an instrument of expression. Critique Nietzsche's metaphysics and the role played by philosophical aesthetics in the destruction of the traditional aesthetic and the emergence of modern art.

This high-level programme attracts talented and motivated students. In-class debates with fellow students will fine-tune your reasoning skills and teach you how to formulate strong, logical arguments. Small classes allow for valuable, direct contact with your lecturers, who are invested in developing your potential.

Philosophy of Humanities at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Philosophy and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Career prospects

  • The master’s programme in Philosophy (120 EC) offers outstanding preparation for students seeking a profession that requires knowledge of a specific discipline and the added value of advanced skills in logic, reasoning, abstraction and critical thinking.
  • Successful completion of the master’s programme can lead to PhD research and an academic career, or in the public, private or non-profit sectors. 75% of our students choose to enter a PhD programme after their studies, primarily in the Netherlands, the UK, the US, Germany or France. The remaining 25% already have a job when they joined the programme and were seeking to enhance their performance.

Programme Structure

Students enrolled in the two-year Master's in Philosophy of Humanities take courses at both the Leiden Institute for Philosophy and at other Humanities departments. All courses integrate historical and systematic approaches in philosophy to the study of primary philosophical texts. The programme combines continental and analytical philosophy. Students are generally enrolled in the MA Philosophy and another master's programme in one of the humanities.

Programme Structure

  • MA courses in the chosen discipline outside philosophy (for a total of 40 EC)
  • Specialist courses (for a total of 20 EC)
  • Optional courses in Philosophy (for a total of 40 EC)
  • Master's thesis, thesis seminar, and exam (20 EC)

A master's thesis is an independent academic contribution to the field of Philosophy of Humanities. Students follow a compulsory thesis seminar and sit for a final exam during which they defend their thesis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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General Requirements

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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