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The Master's in Philosophy at the UvA is a one year programme and the most inclusive of its kind in the Netherlands. It allows you to comprehensively tailor the programme to your own interests, first selecting at least 30 credits of courses offered by the Department of Philosophy and then writing a Master's thesis in the second semester.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Philosophy comprises 60 ECTS credits: 42 credits for core courses and electives; and 18 credits for a Master's thesis project.

  • Restricted-choice electives
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
  • Colloquium Philosophy
    Period 3
  • Free-choice electives
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
  • Master's Thesis Philosophy
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
Compulsory course
UvA Course Catalogue: Philosophy

Core courses and electives

The Master's programme Philosophy offers a wide selection of courses focusing on a broad range of philosophical topics. Courses are grouped together in four themes:

  • Art, Culture and Critique
    This theme offers courses with topics such as Continental philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of culture, Philosophy of film, Critical theory, Poststructuralism, Phenomenology, and Continental metaphysics.
  • Ethics, Politics and Society
    In the Ethics, Politics and Society, you will find courses that address Ethics and its history, Political philosophy, Social philosophy, Critical theory, Philosophy of social science and humanities, and Philosophy of gender and race.
  • Language, Logic, Mind and Metaphysics
    The courses in this theme cover Philosophy of language and semantics, Formal and philosophical logic, Ontology & Metaphysics, Philosophy of mathematics, Philosophy of mind, and Epistemology.
  • Science & Humanities, Technology and Society
    The final grouping includes courses that focus on topics such as the History and philosophy of science and technology, Philosophy of social science and humanities, Science and public affairs, and Philosophy of gender and race.


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser.


For more information about available internships and the experiences of other student interns, please see the link below.

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What makes the Master's in Philosophy truly outstanding is the exceptional variety of courses on offer. No matter where you’re going to or coming from, this will be a distinctive asset for your future. Prof. Arianna Betti

Philosophy in part-time mode

This programme is also offered in part-time study mode, in which case it takes two 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).

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in the Research Master's in Philosophy. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.