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Research Masters in Philosophy: Knowledge and Knowledge Development

University of Groningen
24 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 September 2021
Application deadline: 01 June 2021
2,143 EUR

Program description

Study Philosophy at Groningen

The Research Masters in Philosophy: Knowledge and Knowledge Development at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands is an education course which allows students to focus on one of 3 areas of concentration: history of philosophy, practical philosophy, or theoretical philosophy. The education course provides students with skills in critical analysis, both oral and written communication, and independent philosophical research.

The 2-year Research Masters in Philosophy: Knowledge and Knowledge Development in Groningen includes a semester of study at a sister-faculty of philosophy, a research proposal, and a thesis. Students develop their knowledge in a discipline of their choice, and are taught how to analyse these debates in the wider context of cultural, scientific and political developments. The education course is followed within 4 departments of the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen:

  • Theoretical Philosophy
  • Practical Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • History of Philosophy

Students specialise in one of these domains by following education courses and conducting in-depth study. They learn how to formulate their own views on debates, texts, and philosophical problems.

Upon completion of the Research Masters in Philosophy: Knowledge and Knowledge Development, graduates pursue careers in a number of sectors, including education, media, journalism, publishing, policymaking, and politics. Alternatively, many graduates go on to continue their education or become academic researchers of Philosophy.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the Research Masters in Philosophy: Knowledge and Knowledge Development at the University of Groningen are:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (or a Bachelor’s degree partly devoted to philosophy)
  • proficiency in English, demonstrated by the following minimum test scores: TOEFL 92/120 or a score of 6.5 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

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Tuition fees

  • Full-time EU/EEA Students: € 2143 per year


Master of Arts (MA)

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University of Groningen

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 the university ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor,...

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Why study at University of Groningen

We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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