The Institute of Philosophy offers a comprehensive range of BA, MA, MPhil and PhD degrees. Viewed collectively, our undergraduate and post-graduate degrees aim to familiarise students with the historical traditions of philosophy as well as with contemporary movements in English-speaking and continental philosophy so that they are able to tackle the fundamental areas of philosophical research. The Institute of Philosophy is proud to offer its students a broad philosophical education and a wide range of courses and seminars, as well as personalised study support and guidance. The Institute also hosts several international conferences every year with widely varying themes and involving a mix of well-established and up-and-coming philosophers from near and far.All its international programmes are taught in English.
What is the meaning of existence? Explore your own perplexity at Leuven's renowned Institute of Philosophy. Its Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA) programme crosses the boundaries of all philosophical disciplines, traditions, and approaches to help you form your own well-rounded view. The programme aims to develop students' knowledge of philosophy by exposing them to more detailed study of the central issues of the subject and by equipping them with the requisite research skills needed to proceed to a higher degree.
The course offering in our MA is comprehensive, yet the programme structure lets the student deepen her/his knowledge in a particular philosophical domain or period and lay the basis for her/his future specialisation. The key part of the programme where the student can demonstrate her/his research, writing and argumentative skills, as well as thorough insight in the chosen research question and the correct use of primary and secondary sources is the Master Thesis. Students are encouraged to present their thesis research to the international audience of fellow students, permanent teaching staff and young researchers associated with the institute at the yearly Graduate Student Conference. The Institute of Philosophy has hosted the conference with much success for five years now. For any help with the writing process or preparing a presentation, students can turn to the HIW Writing Lab.
Long a leading centre of philosophical thought, embodied by the five research centres, the Institute offers you unparalleled opportunities to further your own research. And with its impressive library, expert faculty, and central location in Belgium, the Institute offers a most attractive opportunity for studying philosophy in Europe. Let this one-year programme open doors for your further research at other universities, or introduce you to our pre-doctoral programme, the advanced MPhil programme.
This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.
Deadline applies if you do not have the same nationality as the university.)
Deadline applies if your country of nationality is in the EEA (European Economic Area))
Dates reflect the university's timezone.
Tuition fee for the international students.)
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
€ 890 (full-time), € 560 (part-time)
This programme aims at deepening philosophical insight already obtained and broadening this knowledge. Thus, upon completion of the programme the student should be able to proceed to further advanced work in philosophy.
At the end of the Master of Arts in Philosophy programme, the student should:
1. Specialised philosophical knowledge in context
2. Philosophical traditions, methods and approaches
4. Philosophy and society
5. Philosophical terminology
6. Philosophical skills
7. Critical sense
8. Communication skills
On the basis of the following degrees, or similar degrees, obtained in the Flemish Community:
Students with a Bachelor (of Arts) in Philosophy from a recognised university or the equivalent (bachelor in a related discipline and a sufficient academic background in philosophy) may be admitted by the Board of Admissions upon consideration of their complete application file. Decisions on admission are based on the candidate's letter of motivation and academic excellence as well as on letters of recommendation. Non-native speakers of English are required to provide evidence of English proficiency.
International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Belgium when:
No work experience is required.
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