Philosophy (Research), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The Philosophy (Research) Master from University of Groningen offers you the opportunity to work with leading scholars in the history of philosophy, practical philosophy and theoretical philosophy 


What is freedom (and why should it be valued)? What makes an argument convincing? How do body and mind interact?

Philosophy is the systematic investigation of fundamental questions. Students are trained to think and write in a clear manner about topics such as the relations between mind, body and cognition, the nature and basis of moral judgments, the limits of knowledge, or the principles of social justice.

The Philosophy (Research) Master from University of Groningen offers a core curriculum on philosophical problems related to ongoing research in the faculty, as well as many opportunities to pursue your own interests.

Job prospects

Research Master's graduates often go on to do a PhD in philosophy. Other areas in which our students find work are education, journalism, the media, publishing, politics and policymaking.


Programme Structure

    Programme options:
      • History of Philosophy (specialization) - Important areas of research are the role of relativism in ancient thought, the transformations of the scholastic-Aristotelian worldview, the rise of modern philosophy.
      • Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy (specialization) - Research and teaching in this department includes normative ethics; metaethics; contemporary political philosophy; research include applied ethics; moral psychology; social ontology; critical theory; deliberative democracy; citizenship theory and theories of global justice.
      • Theoretical Philosophy (specialization) - The department of Theoretical Philosophy specialises in logic, argumentation theory, epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of science, of mind, and of language.
      • Honours College (honours program) - The Honours programme of the master focuses on the theme of 'leadership'.
      For more information, please visit the programme website.

                        Detailed Programme Facts

                        • 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

                        • Assessment interview - Once we have received your application and all required documents, the admissions board will evaluate your file. 
                        • Grade average - We expect applicants to have a mean score of 8 (corresponding roughly to an A in the US system) or better in the relevant upper division courses of their study programme (usually the second- and third-year philosophy courses of a Bachelor programme).
                        • English Proficiency
                        • Previous education - a Bachelor's degree in philosophy or philosophy of a specific scientific discipline, or another Bachelor's degree which the admissions board considers to be equivalent.
                        • Two reference letters
                        • Written request (motivation letter)

                            Tuition Fee

                            • International Applies to you

                              11400 EUR/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 11400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                            • EU/EEA Applies to you

                              2006 EUR/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                            Living costs for Groningen

                            • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
                              Living Costs

                            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                            Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes, as well as for exchanges, short courses and research stays at our university.

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