Philosophy study field aims to look into the human problems related to existence, knowledge, minds, values and other general and fundamental issues. These problems are considered based on rational argumentation using systematic approaches. Philosophy strives to acquire knowledge by rational means about the issues that are difficult for empirical investigations. This study field has three main sub-fields: natural philosophy, moral philosophy and metaphysical philosophy. Philosophy has many other branches including epistemology, logic, metaphysics, axiology (value theory), moral and political philosophy, aesthetics, and philosophy of language, philosophy of law, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of science.
This program offers training in philosophy and in the history of philosophy, along with expertise in a chosen area of research, including philosophy of the mind, philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, ethics, and empiricism.
The MA in Philosophy and Literature is a taught programme, which is designed to provide an additional postgraduate academic qualification for graduates in the areas of Philosophy and English, and to give students a sense of the interdisciplinarity between the areas of Philosophy and English.
This interdisciplinary programme entails an intellectual exploration of Western culture and society during the Medieval period.
The one-year MA program covers the major areas of philosophy, including axiology, metaphysics and epistemology, and the history of philosophy. The degree is designed for candidates with a four-year Bachelor’s degree in philosophy or a related field.
The 2-year Master’s programme in Semiotics provides interdisciplinary background and gives a theoretical base for application of semiotic ideas to a wide variety of disciplines and scientific study.
The Research Master-programme is open for the Master students of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. As an integral part of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School and aims at academically committed students, who have shown exceptional interest in research during their undergraduate studies and who – already during the MA studies and with a view to a subsequent PhD – wish to be involved in current research in the fields of excellence of the faculty.
The English-taught Research Master's programme in Philosophy is a two-year course that is meant for students of proven ability who wish to prepare for an academic career in philosophy.
This unique new MA is offered by the following MIC departments: Philosophy, History, German Studies, Theology and Religious Studies, and English Language and Literature.
Il Corso di laurea magistrale in Scienze filosofiche intende favorire l’approfondimento specialistico di conoscenze e competenze di alto livello nei principali settori della ricerca filosofica e delle scienze umane.
Applied ethics is a growing interdisciplinary field that studies ethical issues in different areas such as politics, medicine, research, technology, as well as different forms of professional ethics. Questions such as global justice, ethical implications of new technologies in healthcare and environmental responsibility for future generations are some of the issues that applied ethics is dealing with. The subject has its disciplinary basis in moral philosophy and ethics but also requires area knowledge and expertise in different fields of application.
The MA programs are directed toward career development in healthcare, clinical practice, policy building, management, promotional professions, journalism, research, law, creative professions, scientific philosophy and education.
The University of Amsterdam's Philosophy programme is the most inclusive of its kind in the Netherlands. It covers a wide range of topics and perspectives, and has a strong international focus.