24 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Philosophy of Neurosciences MA programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is unique in several ways. It’s one of the few programmes to combine neuroscience and philosophy. 


How can you translate insights from neuroscience into clinical psychiatric practice and, in turn, into something that a patient can understand? What are the implications of neurotechnologies such as Deep Brain Stimulation and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for our understanding of self and personal identity? What sort of explanation do neuroscientists provide? When is neuroscientific evidence admissible in the court of law?

The Philosophy of Neuroscience programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam was developed by a neuroscientist and a psychiatrist who both wanted to understand what happens in translation and create more synergy between their disciplines. And that ambition is still in evidence today. 

All the teaching you’ll receive is embedded in the department’s research groups, projects and activities – meaning that your work will directly contribute to the research output of VU Amsterdam.

Pursue an academic career

The majority of graduates from the programme continue their academic research in the form of a PhD position – most often in neuroscience but sometimes in philosophy or psychiatry. Alumni have carried out research in a wide variety of areas that take advantage of the cross-pollination between neuroscience and philosophy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophy of Science: Disciplines and Themes
  • Normative Ethics
  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: Mind and Body
  • Modern Philosophy: Mind and Body

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

  • Hold an academic Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Psychology with a Biological Psychology or Neuropsychology profile. If you hold a Bachelor's degree in a closely related discipline (e.g. Movement Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or Medicine), you are also eligible to apply.
  • Be eligible to a Neuroscience Master’s or a related programme in which you can obtain 30 ECTS in neuroscience courses at a Master’s level. Since PNS applies philosophy on neuroscience, 30 ECTS must be obtained in this discipline at a Master’s level. Most of our students aim at obtaining two Master’s degrees, that is to say in PNS and in Neuroscience. There are no additional criteria beyond the admission criteria for the Master’s programme Neuroscience that is followed.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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

    2209 EUR/year
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    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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