This programme prepares you for a career as a researcher in philosophy. It focuses on central questions concerning human knowledge and morality, and it allows you to specialize in different directions. The combination of historical and contemporary perspectives is a key feature of the entire programme.
The aims of our programme are
Key features of the programme are its connection to the department’s internationally renowned research projects; a strong focus on research skills and on the preparation of an academic career; an international orientation reflected by, among other things, the option of studying a semester abroad; and the fact that it is embedded in a Humanities research and education environment.
This is a full-time two-year programme.
The first year starts with a core course in moral and political philosophy and a core course in epistemology, as well as two courses on foundational texts on knowledge and ethics from the history of philosophy. In addition, you will take two courses in which you will set up and execute philosophical research projects. Together with the other Humanities Research Master's students, you will follow two more modules on research. Finally, you will follow elective courses offered by the Dutch Research School of Philosophy or the Research Schools on Ancient or Medieval Studies.
The second year offers you the option to study a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively, you can select from a number of courses offered by the VU, the Dutch Research School of Philosophy and the Research Schools on Ancient or Medieval Studies. There is one compulsory Humanities Core module in which you will learn how to write a research proposal for national or international science foundations. The fourth and final semester is devoted to supervised research and writing a thesis.
Topics concerning knowledge that you can explore within this programme and that are topics of current research of our faculty include:
Ethical concepts and themes include, among others:
Historical topics and authors that you can explore within this programme and which are topics of current research of our faculty include:
Detailed course information
VU Amsterdam's online study guide: Humanities Research (2019-2020).
The Humanities Research Master is a selective programme. Each application is reviewed by an admissions committee. Students must have a BA in philosophy or equivalent degree (to be decided by the admissions committee). You should also have a proficient level of academic English, proof of excellent study results, and clear motivation for doing academic research.
For detailed information about admission and application see the Admission and language requirements page.
For questions concerning the programme
Please contact the coordinator:
Prof. dr. René van Woudenberg
Information on practical matters (application procedure, scholarships, visas, etc.)
International Student Advisor
T: +31 (20) 59 85252
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
1 June for Dutch and EU-students. 1 April for non-EU-students.
FIELD OF INTEREST