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MA Philosophy 60 EC: Pre-master

Introduction

The pre-master’s programme is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, who do not fulfil the entry requirements regarding the knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of philosophy. Students cannot apply for admission to the pre-master Philosophy, only for one of the specialisations of the MA Philosophy 60 EC. Upon receiving the application the Board of Admission will decide whether you are eligible for admission. This decision depends largely on your academic background and skills. The pre-master programme is meant to provide a bridging programme for students who have applied for the MA Philosophy 60 EC, but who, according to the Board of Admissions, still have deficiencies in the field of philosophy.

During the pre-master's you will gain the knowledge, understanding and philosophical skills needed for successful participation in the Master’s programme. Upon successful completion of the pre-master's programme students will be granted unconditional admission to the relevant specialisation of the MA Philosophy 60 EC.

Applicants with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) are not eligible for admission to the MA or pre-master in Philosophy.

Duration pre-master's programme

Depending on your educational background, the pre-master’s programme will constitute a course load of 60 EC (1 year) or less. The requirements for the pre-master will consist of a series of courses from the BA programme in Philosophy. Students who already completed relevant philosophy courses during their bachelor's will be exempted from a part of the pre-master's programme.

The prescribed pre-master's programme must be completed within the nominal duration plus one semester (in case of a pre-master’s programme of 30 ECTS-credits or less) or within the nominal duration plus one study year (in case of a pre-master’s programme of more than 30 ECTS-credits).

Holders of an academic bachelor's degree from a research university or an equivalent diploma with no more than 15 credits of deficiencies, may be admitted to the MA programme directly. This means that you will need to complete the deficient pre-master's courses during your enrolment in the MA Philosophy. You cannot graduate without successfully having completed the required pre-master's courses.

Specialisations MA Philosophy 60 EC

  • Ethics and Politics

  • History and Philosophy of the Sciences

  • Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture

  • Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy

Programme changes per 1 September 2020

As from the academic year 2020-2021 the names of the first three specialisations will be changed, and a new specialisation will be added to the MA programme. In 2020-2021 the MA Philosophy 60 EC will consist of the following specialisations:

  • Moral and Political Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Knowledge

  • Modern European Philosophy

  • Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy

  • Global and Comparative Philosophy

Structure pre-master's programme

The pre-master consists of a package of courses at BA level with a total course load of 60 EC's. The choice of components of the pre-master depends on the chosen specialisation in the Master's programme in Philosophy 60 EC.

  • compulsory introductiory courses of 5 EC each (level 100-200)

  • optional course of 5 EC (level 100-200), if applicable

  • advanced seminar(s) at third-year BA level of 10 EC each (level 300-400)

Students can start a pre-master's programme in September and in February.

Tuition fee

Information on the tuition fee for a pre-master's is available on the student website.

Ethics and Politics

Ethics and Politics

Students preparing for the specialisation Ethics and Politics of the MA Philosophy 60 EC who must complete a pre-master's of 60 EC's follow seven mandatory introductory courses (35 EC in total), and they select one optional course (5 EC) and two advanced seminars (20 EC in total) from the list below.

Timeschedules

The pre-master's courses are part of the BA Filosofie: Standaardtraject and/or the BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives. Timeschedules are to be found through the links at the right-hand side of this page. For the introductory and optional courses see under first-year and second-year courses; for the advanced seminars see under third-year courses.

Please note

As from 2020-2021 the name of the MA specialisation Ethics and Politics will change to Moral and Political Philosophy.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory introductory courses (Dutch students)

Griekse en Romeinse filosofie 5
History of Modern Philosophy 5
Ethiek (Filosofie) 5
Politieke filosofie 5
History of Political Philosophy 5
Epistemologie 5
Academische vaardigheden Filosofie I 5

Optional courses (Dutch students)

Logica 5
Wetenschapsfilosofie 5
Cultuurfilosofie 5
Comparative Philosophy 5
Medieval Philosophy 5
Continentale filosofie 5

Advanced seminars (Dutch students)

Metaethics 10
Recht en het individu 10
Rawls' Theory of Justice 10
Kritische theorie 10
Aristoteles Ethica Nicomachea 10
Kant's Moral Philosophy 10
Hegels Rechtsfilosofie 10
Merleau-Ponty´s Political Thought 10
Environmental Philosophy 10
Morele psychologie 10

Mandatory introductory courses (international students)

World Philosophies: Greek and Roman Antiquity 5
History of Modern Philosophy 5
Political Philosophy 5
Ethics 5
History of Political Philosophy 5
Epistemology 5
Academic Skills Philosophy I 5

Optional courses (international students)

Logic 5
Philosophy of Science 5
Philosophy of Culture 5
Comparative Philosophy 5
Medieval Philosophy 5

Advanced seminars (international students)

Metaethics 10
Rawls' Theory of Justice 10
Kant's Moral Philosophy 10
Merleau-Ponty´s Political Thought 10
Environmental Philosophy 10

History and Philosophy of the Sciences

History and Philosophy of the Sciences

Students preparing for the specialisation History and Philosophy of the Sciences of the MA Philosophy 60 EC who must complete a pre-master's of 60 EC's follow nine mandatory introductory courses (45 EC in total), and they select one optional course (5 EC) and one advanced seminar (10 EC) from the list below.

Timeschedules

The pre-master's courses are part of the BA Filosofie: Standaardtraject and/or the BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives. Timeschedules are to be found through the links at the right-hand side of this page. For the introductory and optional courses see under first-year and second-year courses; for the advanced seminars see under third-year courses.

Please note

As from 2020-2021 the name of the MA specialisation History and Philosophy of the Sciences will change to Philosophy of Knowledge.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory introductory courses (Dutch students)

Griekse en Romeinse filosofie 5
History of Modern Philosophy 5
Metafysica 5
Logica 5
Taalfilosofie 5
Wetenschapsfilosofie 5
Philosophy of Mind 5
Epistemologie 5
Academische vaardigheden Filosofie I 5

Optional courses (Dutch students)

Ethiek (Filosofie) 5
Cultuurfilosofie 5
Comparative Philosophy 5
Medieval Philosophy 5
History of Political Philosophy 5
Continentale filosofie 5

Advanced seminars (Dutch students)

Reading Avicenna in Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin Philosophy: Avicennan Metaphysics in its Medieval Context 10
Logic and Phenomenology 10
Metaethics 10
Kripke's Naming and Necessity 10
Past, Present and Future: The Philosophy of Time 10

Mandatory introductory courses (international students)

The mandatory courses Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, and Philosophy of Mind will be offered as a supervised literature study.

World Philosophies: Greek and Roman Antiquity 5
History of Modern Philosophy 5
Logic 5
Philosophy of Science 5
Epistemology 5
Academic Skills Philosophy I 5

Optional courses (international students)

Philosophy of Culture 5
Comparative Philosophy 5
Ethics 5
History of Political Philosophy 5

Advanced seminars (international students)

Reading Avicenna in Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin Philosophy: Avicennan Metaphysics in its Medieval Context 10
Logic and Phenomenology 10
Metaethics 10
Kripke's Naming and Necessity 10
Past, Present and Future: The Philosophy of Time 10

Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture

Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture

Students preparing for the specialisation Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture of the MA Philosophy 60 EC who must complete a pre-master's of 60 EC's follow eight mandatory introductory courses (40 EC in total), and they select two advanced seminars (20 EC in total) from the list below.

Timeschedules

The pre-master's courses are part of the BA Filosofie: Standaardtraject and/or the BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives. Timeschedules are to be found through the links at the right-hand side of this page. For the introductory and optional courses see under first-year and second-year courses; for the advanced seminars see under third-year courses.

Please note

As from 2020-2021 the name of the MA specialisation Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture will change to Modern European Philosophy.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory introductory courses (Dutch students)

Griekse en Romeinse filosofie 5
History of Modern Philosophy 5
Ethiek (Filosofie) 5
Cultuurfilosofie 5
Comparative Philosophy 5
Continentale filosofie 5
History of Political Philosophy 5
Academische vaardigheden Filosofie I 5

Advanced seminars (Dutch students)

Kritische theorie 10
René Girard over geweld, religie en mimetisch verlangen 10
Art and Aesthetics 10
Counter-Objectivities: Philosophy after the Object 10
Heidegger - van Dasein tot Kehre 10
Hegels Rechtsfilosofie 10
Denkers van de dialoog: Levinas, Buber en Rosenzweig 10
Merleau-Ponty´s Political Thought 10
Philosophy of History 10
Violence: Existential and Political Perspectives 10

Mandatory introductory courses (international students)

The mandatory course Continental Philosophy will be offered as a supervised literature study.

World Philosophies: Greek and Roman Antiquity 5
History of Modern Philosophy 5
Philosophy of Culture 5
Comparative Philosophy 5
Ethics 5
History of Political Philosophy 5
Academic Skills Philosophy I 5

Advanced seminars (international students)

Art and Aesthetics 10
Counter-Objectivities: Philosophy after the Object 10
Merleau-Ponty´s Political Thought 10
Philosophy of History 10
Violence: Existential and Political Perspectives 10

Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy

Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy

Students preparing for the specialisation Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy (3PE) of the MA Philosophy 60 EC who must complete a pre-master's of 60 EC's follow seven mandatory introductory courses (35 EC in total), and they select one optional course (5 EC) and two advanced seminars (20 EC in total) from the list below.

Timeschedules

The pre-master's courses are part of the BA Filosofie: Standaardtraject and/or the BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives. Timeschedules are to be found through the links at the right-hand side of this page. For the introductory and optional courses see under first-year and second-year courses; for the advanced seminars see under third-year courses.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory introductory courses (Dutch students)

Griekse en Romeinse filosofie 5
History of Modern Philosophy 5
Ethiek (Filosofie) 5
Politieke filosofie 5
History of Political Philosophy 5
Epistemologie 5
Academische vaardigheden Filosofie I 5

Optional courses (Dutch students)

Logica 5
Wetenschapsfilosofie 5
Cultuurfilosofie 5
Comparative Philosophy 5
Medieval Philosophy 5
Continentale filosofie 5

Advanced seminars (Dutch students)

Metaethics 10
Recht en het individu 10
Rawls' Theory of Justice 10
Kritische theorie 10
Aristoteles Ethica Nicomachea 10
Kant's Moral Philosophy 10
Hegels Rechtsfilosofie 10
Merleau-Ponty´s Political Thought 10
Morele psychologie 10
Environmental Philosophy 10

Mandatory introductory courses (international students)

World Philosophies: Greek and Roman Antiquity 5
History of Modern Philosophy 5
Political Philosophy 5
Ethics 5
History of Political Philosophy 5
Epistemology 5
Academic Skills Philosophy I 5

Optional courses (international students)

Logic 5
Philosophy of Science 5
Philosophy of Culture 5
Comparative Philosophy 5
Medieval Philosophy 5

Advanced seminars (international students)

Metaethics 10
Rawls' Theory of Justice 10
Kant's Moral Philosophy 10
Merleau-Ponty´s Political Thought 10
Environmental Philosophy 10

Global and Comparative Philosophy

Global and Comparative Philosophy

The MA specialisation Global and Comparative Philosophy starts per 1 September 2020.

Students preparing for the specialisation Global and Comparative Philosophy of the MA Philosophy 60 EC who must complete a pre-master's of 60 EC's follow nine mandatory introductory courses (45 EC in total), and they select one optional course (5 EC) and one advanced seminar (10 EC) from the list below.

Timeschedules

The pre-master's courses are part of the BA Filosofie: Standaardtraject and/or the BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives. Timeschedules are to be found through the links at the right-hand side of this page. For the introductory and optional courses see under first-year and second-year courses; for the advanced seminars see under third-year courses.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory introductory courses (Dutch students)

Griekse en Romeinse filosofie 5
History of Modern Philosophy 5
Ethiek (Filosofie) 5
Cultuurfilosofie 5
World Philosophies: China 5
World Philosophies: India 5
World Philosophies: Middle East 5
History of Political Philosophy 5
Academische vaardigheden Filosofie I 5

Mandatory introductory courses (international students)

World Philosophies: Greek and Roman Antiquity 5
History of Modern Philosophy 5
Philosophy of Culture 5
World Philosophies: China 5
World Philosophies: India 5
World Philosophies: Middle East 5
Ethics 5
History of Political Philosophy 5
Academic Skills Philosophy I 5

Optional courses (Dutch and international students)

Language and Thought 5
Concepts of Selfhood 5

Advanced seminars (Dutch and international students)

Non-Duality in Indian, Chinese, and Japanese Buddhism 10
Intercultural Philosophical Hermeneutics 10
Feminist Theories in Chinese and Japanese Philosophy 10