The Research Master's programme in Philosophy constitutes the first professional step towards the acquisition of an ability to analyse complex issues logically and conceptually and an ability to document conclusions in clear and persuasive language.
The Research Master's programme in Philosophy is a two-year course for students of proven ability who wish to prepare for an academic career in philosophy. The faculty We offer a broad range of specialisations in different philosophical disciplines, with many seminars all designed especially for research Master’s students. You will receive expert supervision in continental, analytic and historical approaches to philosophy and, if you intend to embark on an academic career, this course will give you the necessary research skills. A number of important research institutes, including the Centre for Contemporary European Philosophy in the Netherlands, provide a stimulating and dynamic research environment.
NVAO: quality Research Master Philosophy above average
At the end of April, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders NVAO has renewed the accreditation of our Research Master Philosophy. The NVAO evaluates our Research Master Philosophy as 'good'. This evaluation by the NVAO is exceptional. The verdict shows that the NVAO finds the Master's programme systematically above average quality. The evaluation is published on the website of the NVAO.
You can choose from one of the following specialisations, which is the widest range of philosophical specialisations in Europe:
- Metaphysics and Epistemology
This specialisation focuses on how metaphysical questions are raised in the continental tradition. You examine the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it.
- Philosophical Anthropology
In the specialisation Philosophical Anthropology you will deal with philosophically significant questions related to human beings and examine the different states of the human condition.
- Social and Political Philosophy
In this specialisation you will study ‘the political' as an essential but conflict-ridden aspect of the human condition, and how politics is a way of coping with the issues resulting from this.
- Philosophical Ethics
The specialisation Philosophical Ethics centres on the most important moral conflicts and ethical issues in contemporary Western culture. You study these subjects against the backdrop of contemporary European philosophy.
- Philosophy of Mind
You will investigate the biggest questions that concern the mind. Do we have free will? What is consciousness? What is it that makes (most) human beings persons? You investigate answers to these questions from both the analytical and continental tradition.
- History of Philosophy
You will explore the history of philosophy and science from antiquity to the contemporary period. Our specialities are: ancient cosmologies; medieval natural philosophy; the Scientific Revolution and the birth of modern philosophy; idealism and phenomenology; the emergence and end of the metaphysical tradition; philosophy in the technological age.
- Philosophy of Language and Logic
You will study the relationship between language and verbal and non-verbal communication in the context of social interaction. This requires a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach that combines insights, not only from philosophy, but also psychology, linguistics and the social sciences.
- Philosophy of Religion
This specialisation focuses on the philosophical reflection on religion in Western thought and contemporary society. It also explores the relation between philosophy and religion in Western and other cultural contexts.
Faculty scholarships for excellent international students
The Faculty offers a scholarship for excellent students from abroad wishing to start the Research Master’s programme in Philosophy on 1 September. Each scholarship amounts to €10.000 for the first year of the Research Master’s programme, and in case of good study results can be renewed for the second, final year. Students wishing to start on 1 September are asked to submit their application before 1 May to Prof. Carla Rita Palmerino (email@example.com).
1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines).
The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10).
On our website look at the page 'Conversions of international grades'; there you will find an indication of what the equivalent of a Dutch 7.5 or 8 might be in the country where you obtained your Bachelor’s degree.
2. Highly motivated
The applicant has to demonstrate to the Examination Board that they have serious research interests and skills. They must write a motivation letter and send a writing sample which can help evaluate their research and writing skills.
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Master's degree must either have obtained a higher diploma from an English-teaching institution or be in possession of one of the following certificates:
- A TOEFL score of ≥577 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
- An IELTS score of ≥6.5
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.
Why study Philosophy at Radboud University?
- Award-winning research
- A high chance of obtaining a PhD position
- An interntional climate, hosting students from ove 20 different nations, from five continents
- Close personal supervision by an expert in your field
Programmes starting in September
- Non-EEA students: 1 April
- EEA students: 1 May
Programmes starting in February
- Non-EEA students: 1 November
- EEA students: 1 December
Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.