This full-time research Master is organized by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Antwerp (UAntwerp), the Department of Philosophy and Moral Science of the Ghent University (UGent) and the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The program offers high-level training for excellent students who seek to develop a research career in philosophy.
Students are trained in academic writing, which enables them to act as lead authors of academic articles.
Research seminars constitute the core of the program and cover a wide range of philosophical domains. Some relate to socially relevant topics (i.e. applied philosophy) while others relate to more fundamental, purely philosophical domains.
We offer research seminars on Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics; Empirical Ethics; Political Philosophy after Rawls: Equality, Justice and Diversity; Bioethics; Media Philosophy and Media Theory; Philosophy and Ethics of Gender, Sexuality, and Diversity; Logic; Philosophy of Biomedical and Social Sciences; Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Sciences; History and Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Mind and Cognition; Philosophical Anthropology; Contemporary Continental Philosophy; Religion and Secularisation; History and Reception of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Religion; History of Early Modern Philosophy; Kant and Post-Kantian Philosophy; and Aesthetics/Philosophy of Art.
All research seminars are taught in English.
The program prepares students for a research career in philosophy. Students are encouraged to apply for pre-doctoral fellowships, e.g. with the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) or the research councils of the participating universities or with their own research proposal. Students should also apply for doctoral positions with a predetermined research project that falls within their area of expertise. Such positions are regularly advertised in academic newsletters and email lists.
Why choose UAntwerp?
Graduates of the Research Master of Philosophy are capable of developing a philosophical research project and draw up a funding application that can be submitted to local, national, or international funding institutions. They are able, within their areas of specialization, to formulate original and innovative research problems based on a duly founded insight into the internationally recognized state-of-the-art in their domain. Graduates of this program are able to work out original solutions to selected research problems and argue their cases in a clear and convincing way.