M.A. Philosophy

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR619 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
KU Leuven - University of Leuven | Leuven, Belgium
The one-year Master of Arts in Philosophy 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.

Description of Philosophy


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. All its programmes are taught in English.

Courses are taught by means of lectures and seminars, while doctoral study is based around meetings with a supervisor.

The one-year Master of Arts in Philosophy 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.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

After graduation

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Career paths

Graduates in philosophy go on to careers in many different sectors, including:

  • business
  • civil service
  • politics
  • education
  • publishing
  • media
  • the socio-cultural sector
  • journalism
  • academia.

Many employers seek candidates who are not only well grounded in a specific field, but also able to handle the diverse challenges arising in a fast-paced workplace. Graduates in philosophy are well positioned to think clearly and respond effectively in the workplace.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June 1 (EEA); March 1(Non EEA)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 619 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 619 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

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 contexta) Have a profound knowledge of and insight into at least one systematic or historical philosophical domain and have an appreciation of the way this domain fits together with other philosophical domains
b) Have a thorough knowledge of issues in several other systematic and historical philosophical domains
c) Be able to relate the acquired specialised philosophical knowledge to the cultural, societal and academic context
d) Have knowledge of and insight into current philosophical debates and research and be able to follow and actively incorporate them into the student's own reflections and research

2. Philosophical traditions, methods and approaches a) Have an insight into the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of various philosophical traditions, methods and approaches
b) Be able to apply this insight to a variety of philosophical issues

3. Interdisciplinarity a) Have an insight into the relevance of approaches from other academic disciplines for investigating philosophical problems

4. Philosophy and society a) Be able to reflect philosophically on societal and cultural phenomena and scientific developments
b) Be able in a professional context to provide insight into philosophy's importance in society
5. Philosophical terminology
a) Be able to correctly employ specialised philosophical concepts and terminology

6. Philosophical skills a) Be able to formulate independently a well-defined research question and in a more extensive piece of written work situate its relevance within a broader philosophical context
b) Be able to carry out research related to that question, including judiciously selecting and critically employing specialised literature at a level corresponding to a beginning researcher
c) Be able to read a broad range of primary texts (in so far as possible in their original languages) and critically evaluate them; further, be able to employ these texts independently and accurately in a written work and in discussion
d) Be able to formulate philosophical questions relevant to current societal and philosophical debates
e) Be able on the basis of these questions to form and support a personal view and to engage in discussion concerning it

7. Critical sense a) Be able to make a judgment in a nuanced and critical fashion, taking into account relevant values and societal impact

8. Communication skills a) Be able to communicate the results of the student's own research and reflections to both student peers and a broader public
b) Be able to present these results in both a written and oral form and in a clear and nuanced way

Requirements for Philosophy

Direct admission:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (K.U.Leuven)

Admission decisions based upon evaluation of a complete application file.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy or the equivalent (BA in a related discipline)

Work Experience for Philosophy

No work experience is required.

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