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Study programme

Programme structure

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

Interdisciplinary programme

  • 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.

Master's thesis

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.

UvA Course Catalogue

In the current academic year of 2019-2020, this Master's programme is taught in Dutch. From the academic year of 2020-21 onward, however, it will be taught entirely in English. At this moment, the study schedule and extensive course descriptions in the UvA Course Catalogue are only available in Dutch; the Course Catalogue for 2020-2021, which will include the English information concerning this programme, will appear online in May or June 2020. 

UvA Course Catalogue: Philosophy of the Humanities and the Social Sciences (in Dutch)

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.