About this program
In the Philosophy master's programme, you ask philosophical questions in relation to a specific field of science. Through critical thinking and careful argumentation you learn to unravel scientific positions down to the level of hidden presuppositions. Something that is increasingly needed these days.
The 2-year program offers a combination of general philosophical knowledge and skills, specific scientific courses and philosophy in relation to the scientific field of the specialization. In addition, the master's degree can be easily combined with disciplines such as Medicine, Neuroscience and Law. The Philosophy master's degree gives you a unique advantage in your future or in your current career.
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The master's program in Philosophy at VU offers three specialization programmes. Click on one of the specializations below for more information.
- Philosophy of Law and Governance (English)
- Philosophy of Neuroscience (English)
- Philosophy, Bioethics and Health (English)
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
- Tuition fee for EU: € 2,209
- Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 16,830
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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...
Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.
They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:
- Human Health and Life Sciences
- Science for Sustainability
- Connected World
- Governance for Society
As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.
In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.
The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.
At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.
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