Research Master in Philosophy, M.Res.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #182 (QS) ,
This full time English-taught research master is jointly organised by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen), the Department of Philosophy and Moral Science of Ghent University (UGent) and the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences of the Free University of Brusssels (VUB). The programme offers a high-level training for excellent students who seek to develop a research career in philosophy.


Graduates of this programme are capable of developing a philosophical research project and draw up a funding application that can be filed with local, national or international funding institutions. They are able, within their areas of specialisation, to formulate original and innovative research problems based on a duly founded insight into the internationally recognised state-of-the-art in that domain. Graduates of this programme are able to work out original solutions to the selected research problems, and argue their cases clearly and convincingly. They are trained in academic writing, which enables them to act as lead authors of academic articles.

The research seminars that constitute the core of the programme cover a wide range of philosophical domains. Some relate to socially relevant topics (i.e. more applied philosophy) while others relate to more fundamental, purely philosophical domains. We offer the following research seminars, all of which are taught in English:

– Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics– Empirical Ethics– Political Philosophy after Rawls: Equality, Justice and Diversity– Bioethics– Media Philosophy and Media Theory– Philosophy and Ethics of Gender, Sexuality and Diversity– Logic– Philosophy of Biomedical and Social Sciences– Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Sciences– History and Philosophy of Science– Philosophy of Mind and Cognition


Accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO).

Programme Structure

In principle students follow a 120 credits programme:

• the compulsory course Developing and Writing Research Proposals in Philosophy (6 credits; taught in English);

• five research seminars (10 credits each) 

• a master’s dissertation (24 credits) which is written in English; and

• 40 credits advanced optional courses.

These advanced optional courses are taken from the standard master’s programmes in philosophy of the participating universities. Some of them are taught in English, some in Dutch. The structure of the programme is such that, while students with sufficient command of Dutch have a wider choice of advanced optional courses, the degree can be obtained by following only courses that are taught in English. As indicated above, the language of instruction of the core activities (the compulsory course, the research seminars and the dissertation) is English.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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    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

Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, in Moral Sciences or in Philosophy and Moral Sciences.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Brussels

  • 890 - 1300 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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