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Philosophy of the Humanities and the Social Sciences (Philosophy)
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Online open day

Curious to find out if the Master's in Philosophy of the Humanities and Social Sciences really suits you? Find out through the information and activities below.

Master's Week: Meet & Ask

Discover which programme suits you best (and whether the UvA is right for you). Find out in our Meet & Ask sessions, during which there will be a short presentation and you will be able to ask lecturers and students all your questions live. Our next Meet & Ask session will take place in the UvA Master’s Week 12 November 17:00-18:00.

Spotlight on a course: History and Philosophy of the Humanities

In this course, we will first discuss the rise of the modern philological humanities. Their roots will appear to lie in earlier processes of vernacularization, in which classical languages of learning were replaced by local vernaculars. A study of this process will also provide a surprising perspective on the history of early modern philosophy in Europe. Thus, we will explore, among others, the ideas of Kant and Vico on national character, and Nietzsche’s views on philology, tragedy, and nationalism.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I enrol in a Master's if I have not yet completed my Bachelor's?

    We advise you not to wait until the registration deadline before enrolling in the Master's programme. The sooner you enrol, the sooner we can inform you about your admission. When you enrol, you are not required to immediately upload your degree certificate. If you have not yet obtained your degree certificate but are in possession of all the other application documents, you can go ahead and submit your enrolment. You will then have until 31 August to upload your Bachelor's degree. Please check out the Graduate School of Humanities website for the application procedure.

  • What are my options after graduation?

    After you have completed this programme, you can choose pursue an academic career or you can enter the job market. Please find more information on the 'Careers' page.

  • How do I go about finding housing in Amsterdam?

    Finding housing in Amsterdam is often difficult because of the high demand with regard to student accommodation, but by starting your search on time and putting in some effort, students usually succeed at finding something. Many students find accommodation by word of mouth or social media. Please check out the page below for all of our information related to finding housing.

  • Is it possible to do this programme in part-time?

    Yes, this programme can also be done in part-time mode of study. Part-time students obtain 30 ECTS per academic year, which equates to 12-18 ECTS per semester. You will attend the same lectures as full-time students. Your programme coordinator will deliberate with you regarding the composition of your study programme.

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Dr Huub Dijstelbloem:

'The Philosophy department at the University of Amsterdam is the largest in the Netherlands, and it has a long tradition in training Philosophy students. We are also very proud of our Spinoza Chair.'


Online campus tour

You will study Philosophy of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the University Quarter, in the bustling, historic heart of Amsterdam. Check out our virtual map and video tours of our buildings.