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Philosophy

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In the one-year Master's programme Philosophy, you will acquire the skills to formulate, analyse and discuss philosophical problems. It enables you to explore one or more sub-areas of philosophy, studying both Anglo-Saxon and European philosophy.

Inclusive and wide-ranging 

The Master's programme Philosophy is the most inclusive of its kind in the Netherlands. It covers a wide range of topics and has a strong international focus. The programme familiarises students with one or more sub-areas of philosophy and explores both Anglo-Saxon and European philosophy. You will acquire the skills to formulate, analyse and discuss philosophical problems, as well as to formulate and present targeted research questions within a broader research plan.

Studying Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam

As a philosophy student at the University of Amsterdam, you can tailor your programme to your own interests through the wide selection of courses offered by the Department of Philosophy. Courses are grouped under the following topics:

  • Art, Culture and Critique
  • Ethics, Politics and Society
  • Language, Logic, Mind and Metaphysics
  • Science & Humanities, Technology and Society

Philosophy at the UvA is highly regarded in terms of research and teaching quality and is voted the best in the Netherlands in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Philosophy in part-time mode

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).

Degree certificate

Philosophy is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Philosophy and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MA Philosophy
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60822