Philosophy, M.A.

Philosophy, M.A.

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Philosophy is the systematic investigation of very fundamental questions. Students are trained to think and write in a clear manner about topics such as the relation between mind, body and cognition, the nature and basis of moral judgments, the limits of knowledge, or the principles of social justice. Philosophical questions have been examined for thousands of years and the study of the history of thought is itself an important part of the discipline.

Master's students in the Philosophy programmme from University of Groningen can choose from three specializations:

  • Theoretical Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Ethics Social and Political Philosophy

The programme is concluded with a thesis on a topic of your choice.

The Master's programme in Philosophy is offered both on a full-time and part-time basis.

Job prospects

After finishing the Master's degree, many philosophers find work as educators, journalists, editors and policy advisors, both in business and at governmental agencies. It is also possible to become a researcher at the university or a private research institute.

Job examples

  • journalist
  • researcher


Programme Structure

The programme comprises one year (60 ECTS). Students choose a coherent set of at least four courses within a specialization area (20 ECTS). Additionally, students can choose up to four courses of other specialization areas (20 ETCS). The programme is concluded with a thesis (20 ECTS).

You can choose one of the areas of specialization:

  • Theoretical Philosophy: logic; argumentation theory; (formal) epistemology; and philosophy of science, mind, and language.
  • Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy: normative ethics; meta-ethics; moral psychology; and contemporary political philosophy.
  • History of Philosophy: metaphysics; epistemology; ancient, medieval and (early) modern philosophy.
For more information, please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

Previous education

  • We expect a Bachelor's degree in philosophy or philosophy of a specific scientific discipline, or another Bachelor's degree which the admissions board considers to be equivalent.

Reference education

  • Two reference letters. These letters should be written by instructors who know the student and who describe the student's past performance and academic promise.

Written request

  • Motivation letter

Other admission requirements

Required documents to be provided with application:

  • Copy of bachelor diploma or proof of enrolment including expected graduation date, Curriculum Vitae (CV), Writing sample: This can be the student's Bachelor thesis or a paper he or she has written for a philosophy course.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11400 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11400 EUR for the full programme and a duration of  .
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of  .
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Part-time tuition fee:
  • EU/EEA :€ 1478
  • Non-EEA: € 7600

Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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