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MSc

How long you will study
12 months

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full-time

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September

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About Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University of Groningen

Does globalisation undermine social solidarity? Does populism threaten our democracies? How do we encourage corporate social responsibility? And how can we rise to the challenge of climate change?

Our world today faces complex challenges that cannot be tackledby one discipline alone. We need an approach that cuts acrossboundaries. Our selective one-year Master's programme inPhilosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) offers thisinterdisciplinary approach. The programme aims at ambitiousstudents with a wide range of interests - students who wantto explore the philosophical dimensions of political and economicissues and develop and apply their critical thinking tools. If you are interested to work at the interface between politics, economicsand philosophy, this is your master's programme.

What will you learn? The programme will equip you with thecentral theoretical and methodological tools from PPE that allowyou to understand and critically examine complex problems rangingfrom global poverty to the financial crisis. You will learn toanalyse the political and economic complexities of organizationalstructures. You will see what is at stake in theories of democracy,collective decision‐making, rational choice, socialinequality and economic growth. And you will learn how to applytheoretical insights to concrete policy problems both locally andglobally.

Does globalisation undermine social solidarity? Does populism threaten our democracies? How do we encourage corporate social responsibility? And how can we rise to the challenge of climate change?

Our world today faces complex challenges that cannot be tackledby one discipline alone. We need an approach that cuts acrossboundaries. Our selective one-year Master's programme inPhilosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) offers thisinterdisciplinary approach. The programme aims at ambitiousstudents with a wide range of interests - students who wantto explore the philosophical dimensions of political and economicissues and develop and apply their critical thinking tools. If you are interested to work at the interface between politics, economicsand philosophy, this is your master's programme.

What will you learn? The programme will equip you with thecentral theoretical and methodological tools from PPE that allowyou to understand and critically examine complex problems rangingfrom global poverty to the financial crisis. You will learn toanalyse the political and economic complexities of organizationalstructures. You will see what is at stake in theories of democracy,collective decision‐making, rational choice, socialinequality and economic growth. And you will learn how to applytheoretical insights to concrete policy problems both locally andglobally.

After your studies

Job prospects

With its combination of a generalist PPE foundation and itsopportunities for specialisation, our Master's prepares you for abroad range of careers.

Our PPE programme provides you with the knowledge, insight, andskills to work in organizations as diverse as national orinternational public administrations, governmental andnon‐governmental organizations, private businesses and banks,journalism, think tanks and research institutions.

With its combination of a generalist PPE foundation and itsopportunities for specialisation, our Master's prepares you for abroad range of careers.

Our PPE programme provides you with the knowledge, insight, andskills to work in organizations as diverse as national orinternational public administrations, governmental andnon‐governmental organizations, private businesses and banks,journalism, think tanks and research institutions.

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Philosophy, Politics and EconomicsAll Research universities

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PhilosophyAll Research universities

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assessment interview

After reviewing all applications, the Board of Admissions willadmit some students directly and reject some students directly.Other students will be invited for an interview. In an interview,the Board of Admissions will address issues such as motivation,ambition, skills and general fit with the PPE programme. Onceadmitted, students will be given, where necessary, a reading liston issues they have not encountered in their Bachelor's. He or shewill then follow up with their mentor on these issues once theprogramme starts.

grade average

Please submit an academic transcript. We generally expectapplicants to have at least a mean grade of 7.5 out of 10 on theDutch grading system, although exceptions are sometimes granted inspecial circumstances. If the undergraduate programme involved athesis, we also expect a 7.5 or higher. The admissions office willcheck how far international candidates' GPA corresponds to ourrequirement on the Dutch grading system.

language test

To confirm sufficient language proficiency, please submit yourresults on one of the following language tests:

  • IELTS: at least 7.0 overall score with no band less than6.5
  • TOEFL: at least 100 overall score, with section scores being atleast 22 for Reading, 26 for Speaking, and 24 for Writing

This requirement does not apply, if your Bachelor education wasin English.

previous education

The applicant has a Bachelor's degree in (1) PPE, or (2)Philosophy or Philosophy of a Specific Discipline, or (3)Economics, or (4) Political Science, or (5) another relevantfield.

reference letter

Please submit two reference letters. These should be fromacademic staff and signed by your referee. Applicants with anon-Dutch Bachelor diploma: Your referees should send their lettersdirectly to phil.ma.admisson@rug.nlApplicants with a Dutch Bachelor diploma: Your referees should sendtheir letters directly to ppe@rug.nl

written request

Please include a CV, a letter of motivation (between one andthree pages), and a writing sample (between 3000 and 10000 words)with your application.

other admission requirements

International students: first register in Studielink, and thenupload your application files to the Online Application System. In order to do this, visit http://www.rug.nl/howtoapplyand follow the steps. Full application procedure: please DOWNLOADPDF (updated January 2018): https://www.rug.nl/(...)ission-procedure.pdf

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

After reviewing all applications, the Board of Admissions willadmit some students directly and reject some students directly.Other students will be invited for an interview. In an interview,the Board of Admissions will address issues such as motivation,ambition, skills and general fit with the PPE programme. Onceadmitted, students will be given, where necessary, a reading liston issues they have not encountered in their Bachelor's. He or shewill then follow up with their mentor on these issues once theprogramme starts.

grade average

Please submit an academic transcript. We generally expectapplicants to have at least a mean grade of 7.5 out of 10 on theDutch grading system, although exceptions are sometimes granted inspecial circumstances. If the undergraduate programme involved athesis, we also expect a 7.5 or higher. The admissions office willcheck how far international candidates' GPA corresponds to ourrequirement on the Dutch grading system.

language test

To confirm sufficient language proficiency, please submit yourresults on one of the following language tests:

  • IELTS: at least 7.0 overall score with no band less than6.5
  • TOEFL: at least 100 overall score, with section scores being atleast 22 for Reading, 26 for Speaking, and 24 for Writing

This requirement does not apply, if your Bachelor education wasin English.

previous education

The applicant has a Bachelor's degree in (1) PPE, or (2)Philosophy or Philosophy of a Specific Discipline, or (3)Economics, or (4) Political Science, or (5) another relevantfield.

reference letter

Please submit two reference letters. These should be fromacademic staff and signed by your referee. Applicants with anon-Dutch Bachelor diploma: Your referees should send their lettersdirectly to phil.ma.admisson@rug.nlApplicants with a Dutch Bachelor diploma: Your referees should sendtheir letters directly to ppe@rug.nl

written request

Please include a CV, a letter of motivation (between one andthree pages), and a writing sample (between 3000 and 10000 words)with your application.

other admission requirements

International students: first register in Studielink, and thenupload your application files to the Online Application System. In order to do this, visit http://www.rug.nl/howtoapplyand follow the steps. Full application procedure: please DOWNLOADPDF (updated January 2018): https://www.rug.nl/(...)ission-procedure.pdf

Registration procedure

Students with a non-Dutch diploma, please click on 'Apply forthis programme' below. Students applying on the basis of a Dutchbachelor diploma, please submit your application (including allrequired documents) to: ppe@rug.nl,visit http://www.rug.nl/(...)n/inschrijven/masterand follow the application instructions.

Students with a non-Dutch diploma, please click on 'Apply forthis programme' below. Students applying on the basis of a Dutchbachelor diploma, please submit your application (including allrequired documents) to: ppe@rug.nl,visit http://www.rug.nl/(...)n/inschrijven/masterand follow the application instructions.

Tuition fees

NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
non-EU/EEA2017-2018€ 11400full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 11500full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 April 201901 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 April 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 April 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 April 201901 September 2019
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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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