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What will I learn?

Every field of study raises a number of philosophical questions: about its foundations and methodology, its ethical and political implications, its connection with other disciplines, and its history.

Thinking about these questions gives you a deeper insight in your discipline, be it physics, medicine, psychology, history, arts, or any other field of study. This unique programme of 60 ECTS, combined with 60 ECTS from your initial master's, gives you an additional MA degree in the philosophy of your field.

This master's programme offers courses in the philosophy and history of science, a seminar linking philosophy with your initial master's programme, and tutorials in which you work with experts on the philosophy of your discipline. Additionally, the programme will regularly organize colloquia with experts working in the philosophy and history of science.

Students will join discussions and write reports that translate the scientific context to philosophical or public discourses. The master thesis will focus on a topic in the field of philosophy or history of your initial discipline. The programme will provide you with philosophical research and writing skills that will enhance both your level of expertise in your field and your thinking in general.

Job prospects

There are numerous opportunities for students who can combine scientific or scholarly expertise with an ability to reflect on their disciplinary background. They are good at identifying key issues in their field, and they have learnt to analyze problems sharply and clearly. They have strong communicative skills, a critical attitude, and awareness of the fundamental starting points of scientific and scholarly research.

All of these skills are highly valuable for students who aim for a research career in their respective discipline, or indeed in the history and philosophy of their discipline. But the very same skills are of great value in education and policy making, or in any other sphere in which scientific knowledge is evaluated and put to use.

Job examples

  • Policy making
  • Consultancy working on the intersection of science and policy
  • Management consultancy
  • Journalism
  • PhD in your field of study or in a philosophy-related subject
  • Think tank, research company

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Philosophy

Study options

Full Time (24 months)

Tuition fees
€13,500.00 (10,90,468) per year
Application deadline

Expected April 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 Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

To study this programme you need to have completed an academic BA programme, and be accepted for a MA programme, currently study a MA programme, or else have completed a MA programme.

To confirm sufficient language proficiency, please submit your results on one of the following language tests:

  • IELTS: at least 7.0 overall score with no band less than 6.5;
  • TOEFL: at least 100 overall score, with section scores being at least 22 for Reading, 26 for Speaking, and 24 for Writing.

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


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