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Bachelor in Philosophy

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
September 2020
Application deadline: 01 April 2020
2,143 EUR excl. VAT

Program description

Bachelor in Philosophy - 3-year Program

Is the world the way we think it is? What do we know? How can we distinguish between good and bad? Right and wrong? No matter what answers you give to these questions, they will depend on – and shape – a philosophical conception. In studying philosophy you will learn the meaning and the implications of questions like these. You will also learn how to formulate these questions and how to evaluate the diverse answers that such questions have received over the centuries. In fact, philosophy has always addressed such fundamental questions, questions that are often ignored because the answers are taken for granted. So you will not only be trained in a discipline and a method, but also learn its history. Philosophy has a long history and studying this history will make you realize that the meaning of big philosophical questions – such as ‘What is the soul?’, ‘What is science?’ or ‘What is it to be moral?’ – can change profoundly in the course of time. But what they mean today depends in part on the answers given by thinkers of the past. 

The philosopher: an independent thinker

Following the new BA philosophy program at the VU will make you an independent thinker. You will learn not only about the fundamental questions of philosophy, but also about the relationship between philosophy, science and society. You will be trained to think critically about all the aspects of philosophical issues, both the fundamental theoretical aspects (logic, epistemology, theory of science) and the practical and societal (ethics, politics, theory of society). Our program is for ambitious students who want to understand the world and make it a better place. Philosophy is not only a field of knowledge and a key element of our culture, but also a useful tool: as you study philosophy you develop specific skills, such as critical thinking, analysing and evaluating texts, constructing an argumentation and responding to objections. Our philosophy program is designed to offer you all the necessary courses for acquiring a solid preparation in philosophy and for developing competences that are essential to philosophy, but are also very much sought after on the job market.

Admission requirements

In order to be selected, candidates must meet the following admission criteria.

  1. A diploma equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma
  2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

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Tuition fees

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,060.


On completion of this program, students will receive a Bachelor in Philosophy.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 170 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 24,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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