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What will I learn?

The bachelor "Philosophy of a specific discipline” is an English-taught program. After the first year of your bachelor, you can enroll in this program. You can either start it while continuing your own bachelor (usually during the 2nd and 3rd year of your first bachelor) or start the bachelor Philosophy of a specific discipline after your first bachelor (usually as a 4th year of your bachelor studies).

“Philosophy of a specific discipline” consists of:

a Minor (30 ECTS), introducing you to the history of philosophy and to some of the major philosophical areas such as ethics, philosophy of science, social-political philosophy, and logic;

a Specialization Course (5 ECTS) that introduces you to the field of philosophy that is most relevant to your first bachelor and connects both disciplines;

three electives (15 EC) to gain more in-depth knowledge of your Specialization;

a Bachelor’s Thesis (10 ECTS) in which you carry out philosophical research connected to the discipline of your first bachelor, in well-organized course;

120 ECTS of your first bachelor program

Why study this programme in Groningen?

This programme received the Quality Label Top Programme in the Keuzegids 2018! More generally, our Philosophy programmes have been awarded excellent results by research and teaching assessment committees. In the past fifteen years we have ranked no. 1 eleven times and no. 2 two times in the Elsevier Ranking, which is based on a national questionnaire among students and professors. Only the University of Groningen and at the Erasmus University (Rotterdam) offer this bachelor's programme!

Job prospects

Students in philosophy have many possibilities finding a job. As they are qualified as critical, analytical thinkers with a broad understanding of culture, society and the sciences, they can apply for jobs in different fields. Our alumni have found jobs in:

Education: universities, universities of applied sciences, secondary education;
Journalism and communication;
Policy and politics: ministries, municipalities, political parties, NGO's

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Philosophy

Study options

Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees
€9,500.00 (7,67,367) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have qualifications that are considered equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO). TOEFL iBT: 90 (min. 21 every item); IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (min. 6.0 every item)

For international students

At least 60 ECTS of the first year of your bachelor program or a propedeutic exam: in order to be admitted, you need to have a completed a propaedeutic degree/first year of a non-philosophical research university bachelor program.

TOEFL IBT score of 92, an IELTS score of 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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