Philosophy of a specific discipline (BA)

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The award
BA

How long you will study
36 Months

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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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.

The bachelor "Philosophy of a specific discipline" is an English-taught programme. After the first year of your bachelor, you can enroll in this program. You can either start it while continuing your own bachelor (usually during the 2nd and 3rd year of your first bachelor) or start the bachelor Philosophy of a specific discipline after your first bachelor (usually as a 4th year of your bachelor studies).

"Philosophy of a specific discipline" consists of:

  • a Minor (30 ECTS), introducing you to the history of philosophy and to some of the major philosophical areas such as ethics, philosophy of science, social-political philosophy, and logic;
  • a Specialization Course (5 ECTS) that introduces you to the field of philosophy that is most relevant to your first bachelor and connects both disciplines;
  • three electives (15 EC) to gain more in-depth knowledge of your Specialization;
  • a Bachelor's Thesis (10 ECTS) in which you carry out philosophical research connected to the discipline of your first bachelor, in well-organized course;
  • 120 ECTS of your first bachelor programme

Students in philosophy have many possibilities of finding a job. As they are qualified as critical, analytical thinkers with a broad understanding of culture, society and the sciences, they can apply for jobs in different fields

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  • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

TOEFL IBT score of 92, an IELTS score of 6.5

At least 60ECTS of the first year of your bachelor program or a propedeutic exam: in order to be admitted, you need to have completed a propaedeutic degree/first year of a non-philosophical research university bachelor program. We will check whether you have obtained enough ECTS

NB: It is not possible to apply for this program with a degree from a university of applied sciences ('hogeschool')

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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