Master in Philosophy: Philosophy of Law and Governance

General

Program Description

Get to the core of modern legal systems

Philosophy sits at the very core of modern legal systems, and in this program, you’ll learn to assess those legal systems against the ethical standards that have been discussed by philosophers for centuries. You’ll study philosophy of science, normative ethics, ancient and medieval philosophy, modern philosophy, and how to read philosophical texts.

The program is highly interdisciplinary, consisting of introductory philosophy courses, courses in philosophy of law, and your own choice of law courses that you can tailor to your area of interest. You’ll also write a Master’s thesis on a legal issue of your choice – perhaps related to your research for your Master’s degree in Law. 

This is a small-scale program, meaning you’ll work a lot in small groups and receive plenty of attention from the teaching staff. But you’ll also benefit from working with students and teachers whose backgrounds are in different disciplines. All students following a Philosophy specialization take the core introductory philosophy courses, which means you’ll come into contact with people specializing in neuroscience or bioethics and health as well. 

The start date of this program is September 1st.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Vrije Universiteit 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 over ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit 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 over 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 122 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Curious about student life at VU Amsterdam? Click here to ask our International Student Ambassadors. Read less