Utrecht University

History and Philosophy of Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    18690 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
The Masters programme in the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) at Utrecht University offers a unique opportunity to study the foundations, practices, and culture of the sciences and humanities from a historical and philosophical perspective. The two-year research programme addresses the historical development of scientific thought and practice with a broad approach.

About

History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) at Utrecht University has twice been judged ´best in category´ by the national Master guide (Keuzegids Masters): in the category ‘Science and Policy’ (Bèta en Beleid, 2012) and in the category ‘Philosophy’ (Wijsbegeerte, 2013).

The curriculum covers courses on selected subjects in:

  • History of Science or the Humanities
  • Philosophy of Science or the Humanities
  • Foundations of Physics
  • Foundations of Mathematics and Logic

Programme objective

The general aim of the Master’s programme HPS is to offer you a thorough training in the history and/or philosophy or foundations of the sciences and humanities. You'll learn to develop and research historical or philosophical research questions. You will be educated in developing a professional attitude which enables you to enroll in a PhD programme in the HPS field, or start (on the job training) for a career in science education and communication, in museums, in science policy or science management.

Interested?

If you are interested, you may consider doing the (Dutch) minor 'Geschiedenis en Filosofie van de Natuurwetenschappen', which provides an excellent preparation for the Master's programme. It is also possible to do individual bachelor course.

Accreditation

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

Programme Structure

Compulsory courses and seminar

  • History of the natural sciences (compulsory)
  • Philosophy of science (compulsory)
  • History, role and impact of the humanities (compulsory)
  • Research seminar HPS (compulsory)

Electives

  • Topics in early modern philosophy
  • Topics in metaphysics: the logic and metaphysics of time
  • Philosophy of A.I.
  • Science and the public. The making, distribution and reception of science
  • Topics in epistemology and philosophy of science: philosophy of probability and statistical inference
  • Topics in moral psychology
  • Topics in hellenistic philosophy
  • Philosophy of the social sciences
  • Law as an academic discipline, science and humanities
  • Philosophy of space and time
  • Science and the dilemmas of modernity
  • History and philosophy of biology
  • History of modern physics
  • Current issues in analytic philosophy b:conceptual issues in evolutionary biology
  • Logic and computation
  • History of drugs
  • Seminar history of mathematics
  • Tutorial history & philosophy of sciences
  • Tutorial philosophy 2

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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.

  • 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 University Bachelors degree and can demonstrate:

  • Solid basic knowledge in one academic discipline with interest in history and/or philosophy of the sciences and/or the humanities, for instance demonstrated by successfully completed courses in HPS of 10-15 credits and a motivation letter;
  • 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 - at least Grade C

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18690 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18690 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.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

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.