Utrecht University

Philosophy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Philosophy provides a challenging research-oriented programme that prepares you to participate in the current debates in the international philosophical community and to develop your own research contributions to the field.

About

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Philosophy combines an advanced grounding in the core themes and texts of philosophy with ample opportunity and flexibility for specialisation. Through elective seminars, specialised tutorials, and seminars at other universities in the Netherlands or abroad, you will have the opportunity to dive into issues, methods, and philosophers that are central to your own research project. Moreover, since you will conduct your research in an active research community of postdocs, PhD researchers, and senior staff, you will gain hands-on experience as a researcher and participant in current international discussions in philosophy.

Philosophy is a selective, two-year, English-language programme that emphasises active participation in research. During your studies, you will develop the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to be a successful researcher - whether you go on to pursue a PhD in philosophy (our graduates have been highly successful in securing PhD grants) or to pursue a career in one of the many fields that require key research skills. As a graduate of this programme, you will be able to approach your ongoing work with analytical rigor, conceptual clarity, expressive precision, compelling argumentation, and a keen awareness of historical perspectives.

Career

Philosophers can be found in a surprisingly wide range of careers, from journalism and politics to banking and consulting. Those who go on to do a PhD in Philosophy can pursue numerous different roles that professional philosophers play in society. Some teach or have leadership roles at universities, while others work in governmental policy contexts or in non-governmental organisations. Philosophers often play a prominent role in the cultural and intellectual life of their societies as well.

What all of these different philosophical career paths have in common is an emphasis on employing analytical and conceptual skills to critically examine existing practices and think in an argumentatively rigorous and conceptual innovative way about new possibilities and the reasons for (and against) them.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Theoretical Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Practical Philosophy
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Institution Think Thank
  • Digital Ethics
  • History and Philosophy of Objectivity
  • Hellenistic Philosophy
  • The Digital Scholar Of Premodern Sources
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) in: Philosophy; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; History and Philosophy of Science; Intellectual History / Great Books.

You can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:
  • You have extensive knowledge of philosophical texts and methods, in combination with the ability to understand and analyze complex philosophical texts articulately and independently. This should be clear from the philosophy courses you have taken, as well as your writing sample and your “Research Paper Prospectus”.
  • Although a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy is not required, you must have completed at least 45 EC of philosophy courses (and at least 22.5 EC at an advanced undergraduate level), and most students start the RMA with twice that. Under some circumstances, theory courses from non-philosophy departments may count. A list of the relevant courses you have completed (with brief explanations) is a helpful supplement to a formal transcript.
  • Your grades should be well above average (typically, at least a 7.5/10 or B+); particularly important are your grades in advanced courses, and for your Bachelor’s thesis. Although an undergraduate thesis in Philosophy is not strictly required, you must have experience writing a substantial research paper – please discuss this in your letter of motivation.
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.
  • Further accepted proof of your proficiency in English: CPE- Grade C

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1,450 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.