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The award
MA

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 11500

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About Philosophy of a specific Discipline at University of Groningen

Do you study psychology, physics, history, or... and are you interested in philosophical questions concerning your discipline? This master's degree programme broadens and enriches your knowledge!

You transcend your own discipline by acquiring knowledge of philosophy in relation to it. In this two-year master's programme(120 EC), you combine your own master's programme (60 EC) with a philosophy programme (60 EC).

The programme involves a compulsory course in the philosophy of science in which you reflect on the development of scientific theories. In addition, you select three philosophy courses with a connection to your own field, and follow two 'tutorials': courses consisting of seminars only in which you acquire in-depth knowledge of subjects that interest you.

In some cases, you can partly determine the content yourself.You also follow colloquia: lectures relevant to your area of specialization, on which you write reports that translate the scientific context to philosophical or public ones. You finish your master by writing a philosophical thesis on a subject relating to your own discipline. By these means you learn how to think philosophically about your field.

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Do you study psychology, physics, history, or... and are you interested in philosophical questions concerning your discipline? This master's degree programme broadens and enriches your knowledge!

You transcend your own discipline by acquiring knowledge of philosophy in relation to it. In this two-year master's programme(120 EC), you combine your own master's programme (60 EC) with a philosophy programme (60 EC).

The programme involves a compulsory course in the philosophy of science in which you reflect on the development of scientific theories. In addition, you select three philosophy courses with a connection to your own field, and follow two 'tutorials': courses consisting of seminars only in which you acquire in-depth knowledge of subjects that interest you.

In some cases, you can partly determine the content yourself.You also follow colloquia: lectures relevant to your area of specialization, on which you write reports that translate the scientific context to philosophical or public ones. You finish your master by writing a philosophical thesis on a subject relating to your own discipline. By these means you learn how to think philosophically about your field.

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After your studies

Job prospects

There are lots of opportunities for philosophy graduates. They are good at distinguishing central issues from tangential ones and at analyzing problems sharply and clearly. They are creative, have a critical attitude, excellent communicative skills and awareness of the moral consequences of their actions. All of these skills improve your chances on the job market. Philosophers find jobs in education, research and politics. They also become policy makers in companies and government institutions.

There are lots of opportunities for philosophy graduates. They are good at distinguishing central issues from tangential ones and at analyzing problems sharply and clearly. They are creative, have a critical attitude, excellent communicative skills and awareness of the moral consequences of their actions. All of these skills improve your chances on the job market. Philosophers find jobs in education, research and politics. They also become policy makers in companies and government institutions.

En dat zijn nu net de vaardigheden die filosofen beheersen!

Na de master Filosofie (120 EC) heb je de mogelijkheden van jeeigen wetenschapsgebied. Daarbij heb je een streepje voor door dekritische blik die je tijdens je studie Filosofie hebt ontwikkeld.Bovendien heb je de mogelijkheden van Filosofie.

Filosofen vinden onder andere werk in het onderwijs. Ook gaan zeregelmatig aan de slag in de politiek of als journalist,redactioneel medewerker of beleidsmedewerker bij bedrijven of deoverheid. Daarnaast is het mogelijk om onderzoeker aan eenuniversiteit te worden.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 1517International course feesEUR 6150

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Bachelor-Master connections

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Wijsbegeerte van een Bepaald WetenschapsgebiedAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
PhilosophyAll Research universities

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Studenten die op basis van de bachelor wijsbegeerte toegelatenwensen te worden, dienen ook toegelaten te zijn tot de master vanhet bepaalde wetenschapsgebied waarmee zij deze opleiding wensen tecombineren. Neem voor meer informatie hierover contact op met deopleiding.

Philosophy of a specific disciplineUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
PhilosophyUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

Studenten die op basis van de bachelor wijsbegeerte toegelatenwensen te worden, dienen ook toegelaten te zijn tot de master vanhet bepaalde wetenschapsgebied waarmee zij deze opleiding wensen tecombineren. Neem voor meer informatie hierover contact op met deopleiding.

Admission requirements

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previous education

Bachelor's degree Philosophy or Philosophy of a specific discipline

Registration procedure

Deze opleiding staat in Studielink vermeld als 'Filosofie(Master) (120 EC) (Croho-code 60823)'.

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IELTS overall band6.5
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What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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