The two-year Master’s programme Philosophy of the Humanities and the Social Sciences has a study load of 120 ECTS: 24 ECTS compulsory courses; 12 ECTS philosophical electives; 6 ECTS colloquium; 18 ECTS philosophical Master’s thesis; 60 ECTS non-philosophical courses in the Humanities or in the Social Sciences Master's you are also enrolled in.
Restricted-choice elective: SpecialisationPeriod 1Period 2Period 4Period 524
Specialisation Philosophy of the Humanities: - History and Philosophy of the Humanities - History, Identity, Agency Specialisation Philosophy of the Social Sciences - Philosophy of the Social Sciences - Philosophy, Science and Public Affairs
Restricted-choice electivesPeriod 1Period 2Period 4Period 512
Colloquium Philosophy of the Humanities and the Social SciencesPeriod 36
Master's Thesis Philosophy of the Humanities and the Social SciencesPeriod 4Period 5Period 618
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.Prof. Huub Dijstelbloem
- Philosophy of the Humanities and the Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary programme: it consists of a philosophical part worth 60 ECTS and a part worth 60 ECTS in which you study one of the social sciences or a humanities discipline.
- In the non-philosophical part, you can complete another Master’s degree programme if you so wish.
- You will flesh out the precise study programme in consultation with the Master’s coordinator based on your interests and prior education.
- There are two specialisations: Philosophy of the Social Sciences and Philosophy of the Humanities. Both of the specialisations have two compulsory courses worth 12 ECTS.
- In addition, you will take electives worth 12 ECTS in the field of philosophy and you will take part in a colloquium (6 ECTS), in which a bridge is built between your own specific field of study and philosophy.
- Your philosophical track is concluded with a thesis worth 18 ECTS.
The Master’s thesis (18 ECTS) consists of a research report of 17,000 to 23,000 words. You will determine the research subject in consultation with your thesis supervisor.
This programme is also offered in part-time study mode, in which case it takes 2 years. You can obtain a maximum of 30 ECTS per year (12-18 ECTS per semester). As a part-time student you will follow the programme together with full-time students. You will prepare your study plan for the part-time programme in consultation with the Master’s programme coordinator (See: Contact).
Transferring to a Research Master's
Students who show promise are encouraged to transfer to a Research Master’s during their one-year or dual programme. Following the selection and admission, you are able, in most cases, to transfer courses that you passed during the one-year or dual programme. The Examinations Board decides whether the courses are eligible for this.