Research Master in Philosophy

General

Program Description

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

This full-time English-taught research master is jointly organised by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen), the Department of Philosophy and Moral Science of Ghent University (UGent) and the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences of the Free University of Brussels (VUB). The programme offers a high-level training for excellent students who seek to develop a research career in philosophy.

Graduates of this programme are capable of developing a philosophical research project and draw up a funding application that can be filed with local, national or international funding institutions. They are able, within their areas of specialisation, to formulate original and innovative research problems based on a duly founded insight into the internationally recognised state-of-the-art in that domain. Graduates of this programme are able to work out original solutions to the selected research problems and argue their cases clearly and convincingly. They are trained in academic writing, which enables them to act as lead authors of academic articles.

The research seminars that constitute the core of the programme cover a wide range of philosophical domains. Some relate to socially relevant topics (i.e. more applied philosophy) while others relate to more fundamental, purely philosophical domains.

Go to program webpage

CURRICULUM

In principle students follow a 120 credits programme:

  • the compulsory course Developing and Writing Research Proposals in Philosophy (6 credits; taught in English);
  • five research seminars (10 credits each) from the above list;
  • a master’s dissertation (24 credits) which is written in English; and
  • 40 credits advanced optional courses.

The structure of the programme is such that, while students with sufficient command of Dutch have a wider choice of advanced optional courses, the degree can be obtained by following only courses that are taught in English. As indicated above, the language of instruction of the core activities (the compulsory course, the research seminars and the dissertation) is English.

Students with a standard (i.e. not research oriented) master’s degree in philosophy or moral sciences can obtain the research master’s degree through a 60 credit programme:

  • the compulsory course Developing and Writing Research Proposals in Philosophy (6 credits; taught in English),
  • three research seminars (10 credits each), and
  • a master’s dissertation (24 credits) which is written in English.

More details about the programme's curriculum can be found here


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants are eligible for the programme if they have obtained a min. 180 ECTS credits bachelor in the field of philosophy or moral sciences.Students with master’s degrees in other disciplines, students with philosophy degrees obtained outside the Flemish community in Belgium and Flemish philosophy/moral sciences graduates who have not achieved the required grade (greatest distinction) may only be admitted to the program after a review procedure. The application package must contain:

  • a motivation letter,
  • a CV,
  • copy of diploma(s), and
  • a complete transcript of records.

Additionally, in order to be admitted, you need to be proficient in English.

Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

Ranked as one of Europe's top universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) combines award-winning research and a range of study programmes with a supportive open-door policy in Brussels, one of the ... Read More

Ranked as one of Europe's top universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) combines award-winning research and a range of study programmes with a supportive open-door policy in Brussels, one of the most interesting cities in Europe. Almost 200 years of experience and history await you at its three green, urban campuses. A young university with a well-established tradition The single word ‘vrije’ in ‘Vrije Universiteit Brussel’ means ‘free’ and really tells you everything you need to know about the ambition of our university: the promotion of research and thought without dogmas and prejudices. Because studying at VUB, in an open atmosphere of tolerance and diversity, means growing into an independent and critically- thinking individual who can cope with our fast-changing world. Read less