A Long-term Perspective On Science And Society
The Master’s programme in the History and Philosophy of Science at Utrecht University addresses the historical development of scientific thought and practice with a broad approach that investigates the interplay of science or the humanitites with cultural, social, and institutional factors.
Students will also learn to analyse the structure and concepts of theories such as relativity, quantum mechanics, evolution, and modern genetics.
The curriculum covers courses on selected subjects in:
- History of Science or the Humanities
- Philosophy of Science or the Humanities
- Foundations of Physics
The general aim of the Master’s programme HPS is to offer you a thorough training in the history and/or philosophy or foundations of the sciences and humanities. You'll learn to develop and research historical or philosophical research questions.
You will be educated in developing a professional attitude which enables you to enroll in a PhD programme in the HPS field, or start (on the job training) for a career in science education and communication, in museums, in science policy or science management.
Graduates are exceptionally well prepared to enter PhD programmes in the Netherlands or abroad. A PhD position in the Netherlands is usually fully funded for a four-year period.
Almost half of our graduates have continued to a PhD project in the field in Utrecht or elsewhere. Recent Utrecht University PhD projects have included studies of the history of the law of energy conservation in 19th-century German culture, the role of correlations in physical theories and what these say about the world, the teaching of pharmacology in the 16th century, and the role of genetics in animal breeding..
Some graduates have entered PhD programmes in fields outside of HPS and successfully continued their graduate studies in either the sciences or humanities.
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
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- History of the Natural Sciences
- Philosophy of Science
- History of the Humanities
- Research Seminar Hps
- Science and the Dilemmas of Modernity
- Science and the Public. The Making, Distribution and Reception of Science
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- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies History Genetics View 21 other Masters in Genetics in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
This is a selective master. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme History and Philosophy of Science if you hold a University bachelor degree and can demonstrate a high level of knowledge and command of methods & skills in the relevant field.
Additionally, we consider:
- Motivation and talent (also on the basis of average grade and past studies progress);
- General high level of professional and intellectual ability;
- Command of the English language
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International20715 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20715 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Utrecht
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.