Philosophy of Law and Governance (MPhil)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam the Netherlands

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The award

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2083 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 14600 per year

All study options

About Philosophy of Law and Governance at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The track Philosophy of Law and Governance of the two year master Philosophy trains students to reflect philosophically upon the presuppositions and basic features of contemporary Western legal systems. The programme is interdisciplinary. General philosophical courses and specific courses in philosophy of law are combined with a student’s own selection of legal courses. The students of this track usually complete simultaneously a one year master’s degree in Law.


What is a legal system? Under what conditions is law just? Are citizens of modern, liberal welfare states free and equal? Are there any natural rights? Is international law legitimate? Does social justice apply beyond the state? Which understanding of a person underlies bioethical legislation? Do new forms of technology and governance undermine standards of what it is to be an autonomous legal subject? These and many other questions are raised and addressed in the two year master track Philosophy of Law and Governance.

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 awardMPhilHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2083 per yearInternational course feesEUR 14600 per year

Entry requirements

Specific admission requirements for the two-year Master’s programme in Philosophy, specialization in Philosophy of Law and Governance:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Law 

Listed below are all the English language qualifications and tests and the level required to satisfy our English language entry requirements.

  • IELTS Academic Version: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.
  • TOEFL paper based test: Overall grade of 600 with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE. 
  • TOEFL internet based test: Overall grade of 100 with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests. 
  • Cambridge Advanced English: A, B or C.

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