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MA Philosophy (of a Specific Discipline)

Leiden University
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program description

philosophy program

MA Philosophy (of a Specific Discipline) - Leiden University

The 2-year master’s program in philosophy is intended for students in a particular academic discipline, who are interested in the philosophical foundations and methodological aspects of that discipline.

The MA program aims to give students a broad and deep knowledge of and insight into philosophy, a number of its branches, and their historical development. Additionally, the masters in philosophy aims to give students advanced academic skills in the interpretation of texts, the analysis and solution of conceptual problems and the communication of ideas and viewpoints to specialist and general audiences.

The Leiden Institute for Philosophy has strong international links with philosophy departments worldwide, resulting in an active program of visiting scholars and lecturers. The Institute’s research program ‘meets the highest international standards’, according to external research assessments.

Admission requirements

The specifics depend upon the specialization, but in general:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including the general academic skills
  • A bachelor’s degree in a discipline relevant to the chosen specialization and have completed the pre-master’s program in philosophy, or a bachelor’s degree in a program in which philosophy is combined with the chosen discipline, and possess knowledge, understanding and skills comparable to those acquired upon completion of the bridging program in philosophy
  • Applicants should be able to formulate a clear philosophical research question, and formulate their own critical philosophical positions and argue for these coherently. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)


Master of Arts in Philosophy

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Leiden University

Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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