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|Application deadline:||January intake: December 1; NonEU/EEA: October 1; August intake: July 1; Non EU/EEA: April 1|
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|Start date:||January 2014, August 2014|
|Credits:|| 120 ECTS |
|Duration full-time:||24 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
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.
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.
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
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.
* Adequate knowledge of English. TOEFL language admission test (min. paper based: 600, computer based: 250, internet based: 100) or IELTS (min. 7.0 overall/6.5 on parts) or Cambridge Proficiency.
The English proficiency tests must be less than two years old at the time of application.
You are exempt from an English test:
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* If you have an IB or EB diploma with English as the language of instruction.
*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 programme of the programme with all exemptions from units of study take into account.
|TOEFL paper-based test score:||600|
|TOEFL computer-based test score:||250|
|TOEFL iBT® test:||100|
Tilburg University Scholarship for Academic Excellence (TUSAE) (for excellent international students)
Tilburg School of Humanities scholarship (TSHS) (for excellent international students)
For the academic year 2012-2013 the Tilburg School of Humanities has 10 scholarships available for excellent international (EEA/Non-EEA) students who are admitted to a (Research) Master's program at this prestigious School. If you wish to be taken into consideration for the TSH scholarship, please attach two independent letters of reference to your application package.The other criteria (deadline, admission requirements etc.) for TSHS and TUSAE are identical.
HSP Huygens Programme (for excellent international students)
Stuned scholarships (for Indonesian students only)
Thomas More Scholarships (for Dutch university or HBO graduates only)
Excellence scholarship (for excellent students with a Bachelors degree from Tilburg University only)
Libertas Support Fund (for international students who for political reasons have been prevented from studying in their countries of origin)
Grants for refugees and asylum seekers
Erasmus Mundus External Window region Asia
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Student grant (non-Dutch EEA students only) Students with EEA citizenship are permitted to work part-time throughout their studies. If you work at least 32 hours a month, you may be eligible for a student grant , paid on a monthly basis. You are not required to pay back this grant if you successfully graduate from your programme.
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