MA Philosophy

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MA Philosophy

University of Amsterdam

Inclusive and wide-ranging

The Master's programme Philosophy is the most inclusive of its kind in the Netherlands. It covers a wide range of topics and has a strong international focus. The programme familiarises students with one or more sub-areas of philosophy, and explores both Anglo-Saxon and European philosophy. Students acquire the skills to formulate, analyse and discuss philosophical problems, as well as to formulate and present targeted research questions within a broader research plan.

Studying Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam's Philosophy programme is the most inclusive of its kind in the Netherlands. Students can choose courses in philosophy from the wide selection of courses offered by the Department of Philosophy. Courses are grouped under the following topics:

  • The Philosophical Tradition in Context
  • Critical Cultural Theory: Art, Culture and Media
  • Philosophy and Public Affairs
  • Logic and Language: Mind, Body and Behaviour

Philosophy at the UvA is highly regarded in terms of research and teaching quality, and was voted the best in the Netherlands for the second year running in the 2012 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Degree certificate

Philosophy is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Philosophy and the title Master of Arts (MA).


Students can compile their programmes based on their own interests, but courses in philosophy adding up to 30 credits must be chosen from the selection of courses offered by the Department of Philosophy. About two-thirds of these courses are taught in English, and are open to both international and Dutch students.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Philosophy comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for core courses and electives
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis project
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €13,400 per year.