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What will I learn?

The master's programme in Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy at Leiden University continues the programme formerly known as Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Why study Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy at Leiden University?

This master's programme offers you an advanced education in philosophy with a focus on questions in politics and economics. It is ideal for students who aspire to a career in policymaking, politics, journalism and a wide range of other professional occupations.

Learn from acclaimed researchers

The programme capitalises on Leiden University's internationally-acclaimed expertise and close proximity to the Hague to bring you state-of-the-art courses. You will learn to apply philosophical methods to social, political and economic phenomena, from democracy and the nation-state to the nature of global capitalism, with the purpose of bringing clarity to ongoing discussions and paving the way to novel solutions.

Philosophy degree

Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme of Philosophy. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in Philosophy and the title Master of Arts (MA).

About the programme

The programme consists of 60 EC, to be completed in one year.

Programme structure
Core seminar

In the first semester you will follow the mandatory core seminar: Politics and Economy: Philosophical Foundations (10 EC).

Optional courses

You will also select three optional courses (in total 30 EC), two in the first semester and one in the second semester.


You may choose to replace one of the three optional courses (10 EC) by an internship.

Master’s thesis

You will conclude your MA programme by writing a master’s thesis (20 EC). Your master’s thesis is an independent academic contribution exploring philosophical perspectives on politics and the economy.

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

What our graduates do

Organisations today seek employees with both breadth and depth to their knowledge, and the analytical acumen to independently solve complex challenges.

This programme is an ideal training ground for individuals who aspire to a career in policy making, politics, governance, public administration, and social entrepreneurship, as well as in creative fields such as journalism, media and the arts. Graduates of this programme lead the way in opinion-forming and agenda-setting professions including politics and journalism.

Our graduates end up working in a diverse range of positions, examples include:

  • Policy Officer at a ministry
  • Copywriter at a media company
  • Freelance editor
  • PhD candidate at an foreign university
  • Editor at a communications consultancy firm
  • Consultant at an IT consultancy firm
  • Editor at a company specialising in reviewing theses and dissertations
  • Coordinator at an international human rights watch organisation
  • PhD candidate at a university in Sweden

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,31,018) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

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


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