Utrecht University

Philosophy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15167
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The M. A. in Philosophy at Utrecht University teaches students to conduct philosophical research while identifying and correcting arguments and concepts from everyday texts and conversations. This Master’s degree will prepare you to bring an original contribution to the philosophical community with clarity and rigour by using theoretical and practical philosophy concepts, in a historical context.

About

In the selective, Research Master's programme in Philosophy you can deepen your understanding of internationally-oriented research on philosophical issues and their history.

Philosophy is a selective, two-year, Research Master's 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.

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Types of teaching (in year 1):

  • theory: 75%
  • practice: 0%
  • self study: 25%

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.
  • The percentage of foreign students: 5%
  • The percentage of foreign teachers: 0%
  • The percentage of students abroad: 5%
  • The percentage of teachers abroad: 0%

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.

Specialities:

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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: 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.
Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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.