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What will I learn?

Study philosophical and ethical issues that arise with respect to populism, migration, terrorism, inequality, sustainability, and the role that science and technology play in our society. In doing so, you develop crucial skills that enable you to think critically, conceptualize things clearly, and argue convincingly, each of which is a valuable asset in today’s job market.

Program and courses

Develop a philosophical perspective on society
Learn to question the conventional ideas of sociologists, economists, and other specialists about migration, democracy, justice, market forces, the environment, science, and technology.
Enrich yourself with skills that matter
You will analyze, synthesize, and critically question philosophical texts and problems in clear and concise ways and according to high academic standards. You will refine your presentation and writing skills and learn how to formulate to-the-point arguments and evaluate the claims made by others.
Challenge yourself
All courses are taught by experts in the respective fields and revolve around state-of-the-art literature by contemporary thinkers. You learn to come to grips with these at a high academic level and apply them to contemporary challenges in society.

Typical courses are:

  • Sustainability and Environmental Ethics
  • Migration, Refugees and Human Rights
  • Populism and Active Citizenship
  • Science and Public Policy

Career prospects

As a trained philosopher, you are able to analyze and reflect critically on social, political, and ethical issues. You can formulate well-founded and to-the-point proposals to solve societal problems. Major newspapers and magazines emphasize the wide variety of professions open for philosophers in the labor market.

Which department am I in?

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€14,600.00 (11,92,810) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Tilburg University

Warandelaan 2,



5037, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) / 233 (computer-based).

For international students

Education requirements

  • You are certainly eligible to apply if you have a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.
  • However if you have a bachelor’s degree in another relevant discipline, such as, Culture studies, Political Studies, or Liberal Arts and Sciences and Global Management of Social Issues, Administration studies, Political studies, Economics, Law, European studies, Communication Sciences, Human Resource Management, Psychology and Social Sciences you are also most welcome to apply, but most likely then a Pre-master will be required.

English language proficiency:

You need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of either:

  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 90-91 (internet-based).
  • Academic IELTS score with a minimum of 6.5 score overall and a minimum score of 6.0 on all individual parts of the test.
  • Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B or C.
  • The above mentioned English proficiency tests should be no older than two years old.

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