M.A. Research Master in Philosophy

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR10500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
Tilburg University | Tilburg, Netherlands
The Research Master's programme in Philosophy is a two-year programme that covers a wide range of subjects in philosophy. Our overall aim is to provide you with the skills and insight needed to do independent intellectual work in philosophy at a postgraduate level.

Description of Research Master in Philosophy

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The Research Master's program in Philosophy is a two-year program that covers a wide range of subjects in philosophy. Our overall aim is to provide you with the skills and insight needed to do independent intellectual work in philosophy at a postgraduate level. Some of our students want to acquire these skills and insights as preparation for a PhD track, some plan to use them in another area of intellectual enterprise, and some are just curious and want to know what postgraduate studies in philosophy are like. But all are invited to participate in a lively research environment in which students are encouraged to interact with some of the best minds in the field.

The art of thinking

The difference between our Research Masters program in Philosophy and other programs is that it emphasizes skills. You will receive a solid, thorough training in the art of thinking: clear reasoning, critical analysis, deciphering complex subjects, and techniques such as conveying your thoughts accurately. As a Masters graduate you will be able to make a valuable contribution to the intellectual debate on philosophy, both amongst colleagues and in wider social circles.

Excellent research

Research in philosophy at Tilburg University attracts world-wide attention. In theoretical philosophy, the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) is home to extensive collaboration between logicians, philosophers of science, epistemologists, and philosophers of language. And in practical philosophy there is a similarly strong cooperation between ethicists and social, political and legal philosophers. There are frequent guest lectures by renowned speakers from all over the world, all of which are open to students. We stimulate an intellectually open atmosphere and we not only study the many interconnections between philosophical topics but also engage in interdisciplinary research, in which philosophical points of view are combined with insights from economics, legal theory, psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics or computer science.

What makes this program special?

  • You will receive hands-on training in philosophy through participation in research seminars in a variety of fields, including Philosophy of Science, Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Culture, and Social Philosophy.
  • Training courses will help you improve scholarly skills such as academic writing and giving talks.
  • You will get a chance to discuss your ideas with leading philosophers from all over the world.
  • You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will give you active support.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Fall intake: July 1; Non EU: April 1; Spring intake: October 1
Tuition fee
  • EUR 10500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date January  2016, August  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Credits 3360 academic hours
Duration full-time 24 months
Partnership Joint
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Spectrum of specializations

Within Tilburg University, School of Humanities we offer the widest selection of philosophy specializations in Europe. You can choose between expert supervision in continental, analytical and historical approaches to philosophy in a wide range of research areas.

The Research Master in Philosophy offers teaching in the entire range of philosophical disciplines, and if some course should not be taught at one of the participating universities, it will be at the other, an hour's train ride away. However, students enrolling at Tilburg are expected to choose one of the following specializations:

Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS)

In Epistemology and Philosophy of Science you study topics from general philosophy of science, the philosophy of the natural sciences, and the philosophy of the social and behavioural sciences. This is done by applying a spectrum of methods ranging from the traditional method of conceptual analysis to the application of formal methods, often in close interaction with the sciences.

Logic, Language, Rationality, and Information (TiLPS)

In Logic, Language, Rationality, and Information you help develop logics that fit ordinary rational behaviour better than straightforward applications of classical logic do. There is a special interest in the philosophy of language and in logics for ordinary language, the normal vehicle of reasoning.

Philosophy of Mind

In Philosophy of Mind you not only study the rationality of the science of the mind-psychology-in its relation to other disciplines, such as anthropology, economics, and neuroscience, but you also study the rationality of human and animal cognition itself. The role of the body, the environment, and evolution take central stage here.

Legislation and Identity

In Legislation and Identity you focus on the study of legal and political philosophy, with a special emphasis on issues pertaining to political representation, collective identity, and the first-person plural perspective of a "we" as a putative unity in legislative action. You will draw on strands of analytic philosophy, phenomenology, and the history of philosophy.

Morality and Ethical Life

In Morality and Ethical Life you concentrate on fundamental ethics, social philosophy and the history of philosophy. You will study the question how the tradition of German Idealism can be made productive for the understanding of the relation between Morality and Ethical Life in a globalized and multicultural world.

Economy and Ethics

In Economy and Ethics you study the moral dimensions of markets and market processes. Research questions include: What are the possibilities and limitations of the market from a moral point of view? How can markets serve a plurality of interests within society, and how can they contribute to social and ecological sustainability and general welfare?

Culture, Identity and Representation

In Culture, Identity and Representation you will focus on the hermeneutics of representation and from this point of view will study issues such as identity, narrativity, corporality, art and the evolution of communication. You will engage, in particular, with the work of Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Lyotard, Lacoue-Labarthe, and Nancy

Requirements for Research Master in Philosophy

Before applying, please make sure that you meet the following requirements:

  • You have a Bachelor's degree* in a relevant discipline with an average score of 7.5 (out of 10) on your preliminary examinations in the second and third years of your completed Bachelor's program, and a minimum score of 8 on your final Bachelor's thesis, or equivalent scores for these study units in a non-Dutch higher education system.
  • Or, you have a Master's degree*; in a relevant discipline with an average score of 7.5 (out of 10) on your preliminary examinations of your completed Master's program and a minimum score of 8 on your final Master's thesis, or equivalent scores for these study units in a former or non-Dutch higher education system.
  • Sufficient talent, affinity and motivation with respect to doing scientific research, as demonstrated in the Bachelor's or Master's thesis (or a comparable essay), or in a dedicated research proposal.
  • An adequate knowledge of English is required. Please send us a certified copy of ONE of the following English proficiency tests: Academic IELTS (min. 7.0 overall/6.5 on parts), TOEFL (min. paper-based: 600, internet-based: 100; the TOEFL Institutional Code for Tilburg University is 9860) or Cambridge Proficiency Examination. The English proficiency tests must be less than two years old at the time of application.

You are exempt from an English test:

  • A) If you are a native English speaker, i.e. if you are a citizen of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America.
  • B) If you completed all your secondary education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America.
  • C) If you completed all your university education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America.
  • D) If you have an International Baccalaureate (IB) or European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma with English as the language of instruction.
  • E) If you completed a 4-years Bachelorís program (of at least 240 ECTS credits) fully in English in an accredited University of Applied Sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands.
  • F) If you completed a 3-years Academic Bachelorís program (of at least 180 ECTS credits) fully in English in an accredited Research University the Netherlands.
  • G) If you completed a 1 or 2-years Academic Masterís program (of at least 60 or 120 ECTS credits respectively) fully in English in an accredited Research University the Netherlands.

In all other cases, please send us a certified copy of ONE of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS (min. 7.0 overall/6.5 on parts)
  • TOEFL (min. paper-based: 600, internet-based: 100; the TOEFL Institutional Code for Tilburg University is 9860)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with a min. level of B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

*To students who have successfully completed a Master's or a comparable final academic examination in a relevant discipline, the Admissions Committee proposes a reduced programme, which, according to the Admissions Committee, warrants successful completion of the program of the program with all exemptions from units of study take into account.

Work Experience for Research Master in Philosophy

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

On April 3, 2013, the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) decided to award Tilburg University the education quality assurance label. This label "expresses that the internal quality care and the efforts of an institution for higher education to improve its performance in relation to the quality of its programs has been positively assessed by the accreditation organization."
The NVAO assessment panel has tested Tilburg University's policy on five standards: quality vision, education policy, results, improvement policy, and organization and decision structure. In addition, the panel explored three "critical themes" :

  1. the assessment policy in the Bachelor's degree program of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
  2. responsible citizenship in the Bachelor's program of Business Economics and the Master's program of Marketing Management, and
  3. internationalization in the Bachelor's and Master's programs in Law.

The assessment panel concluded that Tilburg University is home to a vibrant and stimulating quality culture and has a relevant and widely supported vision on educational quality. The panel expressed its appreciation for the consistency of Tilburg University's quality policy, for example, in the development of research-based learning at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management.
The result of the Institutional Quality Assurance Assessment remains valid for six years. This label means that individual programs will be subject to a much lighter accreditation regime than if the university had not passed the assessment.

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