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About Philosophy of a specific discipline at University of Groningen

What makes natural science 'scientific'? What is a just law? What can science tell us about free will and ethical responsibilities? In this degree, you'll explore the philosophical aspects of science.

In the programme Philosophy of a Specific Scientific Disciplineyou will learn to question fundamental assumptions of your mainstudy. If you are a student at the University of Groningen and youwant to learn to critically reflect on topics in your bachelorstudies, then this programme may be an interesting choice.

Philosophy of a specific scientific discipline is a combinationstudy: the philosophical part of the programme consists of 60 ECand you can combine this with a university bachelor study (of atleast 120 EC). In consultation, it might be possible to completethe programme in one year, but it is highly recommended to dividethe study load over several years. After an introduction inphilosophy, you can choose advanced courses philosophy of science,ethics, political philosophy or history of philosophy.

If you finish the programme, you will receive an officialbachelor's degree and you can continue your studies in mostphilosophy master degrees. In the end, you will have trained yourargumentative writing skills, the ability to identify sound andunsound reasoning and you will be able to relate philosophy andscience.

The programme is taught in English.

Doe je al een bachelor en zoek je verdieping? Hou je van kritisch redeneren en verschillende denkwijzen? Als wijsgeer van een bepaald wetenschapsgebied combineer je je studie met Filosofie.

Met de bachelor Filosofie van een Bepaald Wetenschapsgebied geefje je huidige opleiding een filosofische verdieping. Je combineerttwee studies, namelijk de volledige bachelor van een specifiekwetenschapsgebied en een verkorte bachelor Wijsbegeerte. De eerstehiervan is je hoofdstudie en kan bijna elke studie zijn. Defilosofische kennis die je opdoet, pas je toe op jehoofdstudie.
In het eerste jaar doe je de propedeuse van je hoofdstudie. Daarnakan je instromen. In het tweede en derde jaar rond je de bachelorvan je hoofdstudie af en begin je met het programma van Filosofie.Dit is een programma van één jaar aan studeertijd, maarhet is aan te raden de stof over meerdere jaren te verdelen.
Daarna kun je doorstromen naar de tweejarige master Filosofie (120EC), waarin je twee masterdiploma's haalt, die van Filosofie en dievan je hoofdstudie. Ook kun je verder gaan met een andere mastervan Filosofie of een master van je eigen wetenschapsgebied.

After your studies

Job prospects

Students in philosophy have many options on the job market.Because they have been trained as critical, analytical thinkerswith a broad understanding of culture, society and the sciences,they can find jobs in several different areas. Our alumni havefound jobs in

  • education (university, universities of applied sciences, highschools)
  • journalism and communication
  • business
  • policy and research (ministries, municipalities, politicalparties, universities, NGOs, etc.)

Als afgestudeerde filosoof liggen er tal van mogelijkheden open.Je blijkt veel kans te hebben op een baan als je in denken en doenflexibel bent en een aantal belangrijke vaardigheden beheerst. Jemoet hoofdzaken en bijzaken kunnen onderscheiden, je moet problemenscherp en helder kunnen analyseren, je moet een kritische houdinghebben, je moet goed kunnen communiceren, je moet je bewust zijnvan de morele gevolgen van je handelingen en je moet creatiefzijn.

En dat zijn nu net de vaardigheden die filosofen beheersen!

Na de bachelor Wijsbegeerte van een bepaald wetenschapsgebiedheb je de mogelijkheden van je eigen wetenschapsgebied. Daarbij hebje een streepje voor door de kritische blik die je tijdens jestudie Wijsbegeerte hebt ontwikkeld. Bovendien heb je demogelijkheden 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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Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • academic propedeuse

Admission requirements

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TOEFL IBT score of 92, an IELTS score of 6.5

previous education

In order to be admitted, you will need to have a completed apropaedeutic degree/first year of a non-philosophical universitybachelor programme (equivalent to a Dutch university leveldegree).

Please indicate on Studielink that you will not start in the first year, because the bachelor starts on a postpropaedeuticlevel. We will check whether you have obtained your propaedeuticexam and we will finish your registration.

Admission requirements

Propedeuse van een niet-filosofische universitaire studie.

Registration procedure

Please indicate on Studielink that you will not start in the first year, because the programme starts on a postpropaedeuticlevel. (There is a separate option in the menu.) Then select'Wijsbegeerte Bepaald Wetenschapsgebied (Bachelor)' and finish yourapplication.

Enrollment is possible each month. There is neither a matchingprocedure nor a binding study advice.

Students can follow the regular registration procedure forbachelor's degrees: http://www.rug.nl/(...)inschrijven/bachelorStudents currently registered at the University of Groningen do nothave to submit an application file.

International students who wish to apply for this programme on the basis of a non-Dutch diploma should also submit an applicationfile before 1 May. This file should contain a CV, motivationletter, copy of bachelor diploma, transcript of records and proofof English proficiency (see below). Please submit your file to fil-study-advisor@rug.nl.

Om te kunnen starten met de opleiding moet je beschikken overeen propedeuse van een universitaire studie. De opleiding start oppostpropedeutisch niveau. Geef daarom in Studielink aan dat je nietwilt starten in het eerste jaar van de opleiding. Hier is eenaparte optie voor in het menu.

De aanmelding kan per maand. Er is geen matching en geen bindendstudieadvies.

Je kunt je voor de opleiding aanmelden via de gangbareaanmeldprocedure: http://www.rug.nl/(...)inschrijven/bachelor

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Prospective students can request a meeting to discuss their choice of degree programme.

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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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