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2083.00 € / Jahr

Length of study: The study duration is two years (120 EC), but can be shortened to one year (60 EC).

Application deadline: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake)

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Philosophy in one year

Information about Philosophy

The one-year master in Philosophy offers you the choice of four specialisations. The specialisations Ethics and Politics, History and Philosophy of the Sciences, and Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture aim to give you a broad and deep knowledge of and insight into philosophy, a number of its branches, and their historical development. The programme is characterised by a firm integration of historical and systematic approaches in philosophy and an emphasis on studying primary philosophical texts. This constantly links both historical scholarship and current philosophical debates.

The specialisation Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy has a distinctively interdisciplinary profile. The programme enables you to engage with issues in philosophy, politics, and economics at the cutting edge of these fields. It aims to draw sophisticated connections between social, political, and economic phenomena, using the methods of philosophical inquiry as tools for addressing these issues.

Curriculum and Overview

The master's in Philosophy is an English-taught one-year programme. The programme offers four specialisations: Ethics and Politics, History and Philosophy of the Sciences, Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture and Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy. Each specialisation offers a range of electives, with a total study load of 60EC.

The MA programme in Philosophy 60 EC will enable you to acquire academic knowledge, understanding and skills, and train you in the use of scientific methods in the field of philosophy. You will also develop the following academic and professional skills:

  • independent academic reasoning and conduct,
  • the ability to analyse complex problems,
  • academic reporting. 

Job and Career prospects

The MA programme in Philosophy prepares students for any career in which conceptual, analytic and interpretative skills are important, including careers in the public sector, business and the media. Successful completion of an MA can lead to PhD research and to an academic career.

Philosophy in two years

Information about Philosophy

The two-year programme 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 programme 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 programme of visiting scholars and lecturers.

Expect to graduate with in-depth knowledge and advanced skills in critical-thinking – ensuring you stand out in any future career.

Curriculum and Overview

The objective of the MA in Philosophy programme is to provide you with the philosophical foundations and methodological aspects of your chosen field.

The development of in-depth knowledge and advanced skills in logic, critical thinking and communication are key goals of this programme. Opportunities are provided for students to broaden their world experience and professional skills through an internship or by participating in an exchange programme at another top university.


  • Philosophy of Humanities
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Philosophy of Natural Sciences
  • Philosophy of Political Science
  • Philosophy of Psychology 

Job and Career prospects

The MA in Philosophy (of a Specific Discipline) prepares you for a wide range of positions. This programme offers outstanding preparation for students seeking a profession that requires knowledge of a specific discipline and the added value of advanced skills in logic, reasoning, abstraction and critical thinking.

Successful completion of the MA programme can lead to PhD research and an academic career, or a non-academic career in the public, private or non-profit sectors.

Modules and Courses during your studies

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus.

Registration process for Philosophy

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About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!


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