What will I learn?

What is consciousness? Do we have a free will? As a student in our Research Master's in Philosophy of Mind you will try to answer these questions by combining analytical philosophy, continental phenomenology and empirical data. As a student in our Research Master Philosophy you will arm yourself with all the necessary tools for a future career in academia.

What will you learn?

Traditionally, philosophy of mind is part of the analytical tradition in philosophy. Recently, however, a more phenomenological approach to typical questions in the philosophy of mind has provided a refreshing new look on old topics. The advance of cognitive neuroscience is also leaving its trace in the way old questions are posed and answered. Therefore, the research Master’s in Philosophy of Mind combines traditional analytical theorising with insights from phenomenology and the empirical sciences.

Career prospects

Master's programme in Philosophy (Research)

Philosophy has a unique role within contemporary society. Unlike other academic disciplines, its subject matter is not limited to one set of questions, or one domain of investigation. Philosophers poke their noses into all aspects of science and society. In order to do this, they must possess two essential skills, namely the ability to analyse complex issues logically and conceptually and the ability to document their conclusions in clear and persuasive language. Such skills are not innate. They require intensive training. The research Master's programme in Philosophy constitutes the first professional step towards the acquisition of these skills.

Job positions

This programme has been designed for people with the ambition to do research. Graduates tend to fall into one of three groups:

A majority of the students continue their research within academia by applying for a doctoral programme in the Netherlands or abroad. We take particular pride in the fact that more than 75 percent of our graduates manage to obtain a PhD position within two years of graduating.
A second group goes on to teach philosophy at secondary schools.
And a third group enter research-related professions outside of education.

Our graduates are also represented in journalism, science policy, and politics.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€16,000.00 (US$ 18,560) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2022

Venue

Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,

NIJMEGEN,

Gelderland,

6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10). A TOEFL iBT or 100 overall, with subscores of 22; An IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5; A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks of C or higher.

For international students

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines).

The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10).

A completed Master’s degree in Philosophy.

The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Master's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10).

A TOEFL iBT or ≥100 overall, with subscores of ≥22
An IELTS score of ≥7.0, with subscores of ≥6,5
A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks of C or higher

Application deadlines to start September

Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April
EU/EEA students - 1 May

Application deadlines to start February

Non-EU/EEA students - 1 November
EU/EEA students - 1 December

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