MA Specialization in Philosophy, Science and Society

Tilburg University

Program Description

MA Specialization in Philosophy, Science and Society

Tilburg University

MA Specialization in Philosophy, Science and Society

Decisions in society have important knowledge-related and ethical dimensions. They affect people's obligations, rights and liberties, and they are based on scientific findings and expert advice. Studying reliable and responsible ways of decision-making requires philosophical reflection from various perspectives: we have to reason about human rationality, morality, political institutions and the science/society interface.

The English-taught MA specialization in Philosophy, Science and Society develops your reasoning skills in these areas and enables you to critically analyze urgent problems within modern democracies. The program adopts an interdisciplinary angle where cutting-edge philosophical research is inspired by findings from psychology, economics and cognitive science. Upon graduating, you will be an expert on ethical and epistemic aspects of social decision-making and you will be able to demonstrate how philosophical analysis contributes to solving societal challenges.

Moreover, the Tilburg University specialization in Philosophy, Science and Society offers you:

  • Teaching by international and experienced faculty members. The lecturers in the Philosophy, Science and Society MA specialization have a strong international teaching record, including countries such as Belgium, Germany, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom. There are also guest lecturers from Australia, Canada and the US.
  • At the forefront of international research. Your teachers are also internationally leading researchers. The Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS), the philosophy department's research platform, regularly organizes international conferences, workshops and seminars that you are invited to attend free of charge.
  • Research-Based Learning. Our MA program is in the forefront of current trends and reflects the commitment to include the most recent state-of-the-art approaches and developments in the field of philosophy. From the first day of your stay in Tilburg, you will be confronted with the latest philosophical research, and you will assist your teachers in developing and testing new research results.
  • Innovative Methods. The program combines traditional philosophical methods (conceptual analysis, dialectical reasoning, case studies, thought experiments) with recently developed approaches, such as experimental philosophy, simulations and abstract modeling of philosophical problems.

Curriculum Content

The Philosophy, Science and Society specialization consists of four general courses (Ethics, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Human Action, Rationality) and four specialized courses in Logic, Language and Information, Social Epistemology and Group Agency, Moral Reasoning and Decision-Making, and Science and Democracy.

Fall Semester (September 2015 - December 2015)

  • Profile:
    • Logic, Language and Information (6 ECTS)
    • Social Epistemology and Group Agency (6 ECTS)
  • Common:
    • Ethics (6 ECTS)
    • Rationality (6 ECTS)
    • Political Philosophy (6 ECTS)
  • Thesis Supervision Start-up (2 ECTS)

Spring Semester (January 2016 - July 2016)

  • Profile:
    • Science and Democracy (6 ECTS)
    • Moral Reasoning and Decision-Making (6 ECTS)
  • Common:
    • Philosophy of Mind and Human Action (6 ECTS)
  • Thesis (10 ECTS)

Career Perspective

After completing the Philosophy, Science and Society specialization, you are a genuine expert on social decision-making, solving ethical dilemmas that such decisions trigger, and the interplay between science and society. This involves hot topics such as the ethics of science, risk assessment and the legitimacy of technocratic decision-making. Our program qualifies you for a large set of jobs in government agencies, research institutes and the private sector. Companies may be especially interested in your expertise in moral reasoning and the impact of moral factors on decision-making.

After graduating, you can also continue your career as an academic researcher who has already acquired an interdisciplinary background and who can apply for PhD positions in various fields.

This is a small selection of positions that you may apply for after completing your program:

  • Policy Advisor
  • Risk Assessment Engineer
  • Values and Ethics Advisor
  • Science Communicator
  • Researcher in NGO's or think tanks
  • Consultant


The end of January or the end of August

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 27, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
Jan. 2017
1 year
Full time
Start date Aug. 2017
Netherlands Tilburg
Application deadline Request Info
End date July 24, 2017
Duration 1 year
Price Free
2044 EEA, 11000 non-EEA
Start date Jan. 2017
Netherlands Tilburg
Application deadline Dec. 1, 2017
End date Jan. 14, 2018
Duration 1 year
Price Free
2044 EEA, 11000 non-EEA