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Thesis Seminar Philosophy (Spring)


Admission requirements

Admission to the course is restricted to students enrolled in the MA Philosophy 60 EC or MA Philosophy 120 EC (all specialisations) who are writing their thesis in the second semester of 2020-2021. The course is a mandatory part of writing the MA thesis.


The Thesis Seminar supports the writing process of students who are writing their MA thesis in Philosophy. Theses are written under the individual guidance of a supervisor, with whom all relevant agreements about planning and content are made. The Thesis Seminar does not take the place of the supervisor, but provides additional support for the writing process. This seminar helps with starting the writing process, finding a good research problem, having your work read by others, and discussing progress with your peers.

The seminar consists of seven meetings. Attention is given to: learning the elements that any good thesis should have; finding and using relevant literature (in cooperation with the University Library); finding a good research problem and working plan; publicly presenting your progress and challenges; helping each other by reviewing their work-in-progress; and providing orientation on career possibilities after graduation (in cooperation with Career Services).

Course objectives

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • develop and reflect on a thesis topic in different ways (presentation, discussion, writing, reviewing);

  • start the actual writing process as soon as possible and to avoid delays;

  • have a good and realistic research problem and working plan for their thesis in time;

  • take and provide constructive criticism on texts through a peer-review process;

  • regularly discuss and document progress with peers;

  • apply the basic elements of a good thesis to their own project (such as: what is a good research problem? how does my thesis relate to available literature? how do I structure my argument?)


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Assessment method

The thesis seminar is a mandatory part of writing the MA thesis (20 EC). Attendance, preparation and active participation are required.

Reading list

Not applicable.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number, which can be found in the timetables for courses and exams.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


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