Bachelor of Philosophy (BA)


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About Bachelor of Philosophy at KU Leuven

What is the programme all about?

The aim of the BA programme is to provide a thorough, broad and comprehensive historical and systematic education in philosophy. At the same time, the programme seeks to provide students with the research skills required for successful written and verbal expression in philosophy. You’ll also learn to use philosophical skills in analysing contemporary societal debates

The Institute of Philosophy offers a comprehensive range of BA, MA, Research Master and PhD degrees, all taught in English. Viewed collectively, our undergraduate and post-graduate degrees aim to familiarise students with the history of philosophy as well as with contemporary movements in analytic and continental philosophy so that they are able to engage with the fundamental areas of philosophical research. The Institute of Philosophy is proud to offer its students a broad philosophical education and a wide range of courses and seminars, as well as personalised study support and guidance.


Course outline

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy programme is a three-year programme divided into 3 components:

  • Core Courses will provide you with the necessary knowledge of the history of philosophy and expound on the key philosophical themes and concepts.
  • Seminars will teach you how to read and analyse texts closely, as well as offer well-structured presentations, and write philosophical papers.
  • Electives, which also include non-philosophical courses, will stimulate your broader interests and encourage interdisciplinarity.

An important part of the programme is the Bachelor’s Paper with Seminar, a course in which you’ll learn to research and write a more extended piece of philosophical scholarship.


Advanced Placement

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a three-year programme (180 ECTS credits) but students with some university-level education may be eligible to apply for admission with advanced placement. Students with a BA degree in a field other than philosophy and no academic background in philosophy are recommended to apply to the one-year Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy abridged programme (60 ECTS credits). 


Abridged programme (60 ECTS)

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Abridged programme is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits structured on the same principles as the regular BA programme but focusing particularly on the Core Courses, a limited number of Seminars and the Bachelor’s Paper with Seminar.


Philosophy has been taught at KU Leuven since its founding in 1425 and has remained an important and influential centre of philosophical thought. The Institute of Philosophy is international in every sense of the word:

  • Members of its teaching staff come from, among others, the USA, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Ireland.
  • It has its roots in the eminent tradition of European continental philosophy. In recent years, however, it has embraced other philosophical traditions ranging from Anglo-American thought to non-Western philosophy. The Institute is truly committed to philosophical pluralism.
  • It attracts visiting scholars and students from all over the world. Some 70 different nationalities are represented.
  • It hosts several international conferences every year with widely varying themes and involving a mix of well-established and up-and-coming philosophers from near and far.
  • It has Erasmus+ exchange agreements with more than 40 European universities, including universities in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid and Siena. and Istanbul. Bachelor-level students have the opportunity to study at a foreign partner university for one semester, in either the second or the third stage of the 180 ECTS BA programme.
  • It has one of the finest philosophical libraries in the world. The library contains more than 90,000 volumes and maintains subscriptions to more than 300 journals. 
  • In 2018 the Institute of Philosophy was ranked 31st in the world among philosophy programmes (QS World University Rankings).

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