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Research Master

Philosophy (research)

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The two-year Research Master's programme Philosophy familiarises you with one or more sub-areas of philosophy. You can choose to specialise in philosophical tradition in context, critical cultural theory, philosophy and public affairs, and logic and language.

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Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam's Philosophy Research Master's programme is the most extensive of its kind in the Netherlands and attracts students from all over the world. It is highly regarded in terms of research and teaching quality and consistently voted best in the Netherlands in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. The programme familiarises you with one or more sub-areas of philosophy. It covers a wide range of topics and perspectives, and has a strong international focus. Both Anglo-Saxon and  European philosophy are studied. You can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Philosophical Tradition in Context
  • Critical Cultural Theory
  • Philosophy and Public Affairs
  • Logic and Language

You acquire the skills to formulate, analyse and discuss philosophical problems, as well as to formulate and present targeted research questions within a broader research plan. The programme offers an excellent opportunity to students who are interested in pursuing a PhD in Philosophy.

An individualised curriculum

The programme covers a wide range of philosophical methodologies and tradition. At the same time, it gives you the possibility to design a substantial part of your study (through electives and tutorials for 2-6 students only), providing a challenging and stimulating experience. Each year the Research Master's in Philosophy selects only a limited number of students, ensuring that mandatory seminars are lively and interactive.

Student profile

You will be considered for admission to this Research Master’s programme if you have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • acquired a number of credits in philosophy (min 60 ECTS), within a variety of philosophical fields, including credits at BA2 and BA3 levels. Note that if you do not have the minimal amount of credits required you will not be admitted;
  • excellent research skills at Bachelor’s level: you are able to conduct research independently (i.e. collecting material, applying theory, and writing a thesis);
  • strong academic interest in the philosophical tradition in the broadest sense and a desire to develop your own specialisation, as convincingly demonstrated in the motivation form in which you explain why you think you can successfully complete this specific programme.

Students are expected to contribute eagerly and critically to the academic environment of the Philosophy department.

Degree certificate

The Research Master's programme Philosophy is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Philosophy and the title Master of Arts (MA). 

Facts & Figures
Degree programme Research MA Philosophy (research)
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60128