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Philosophy (MA) (120EC)

About the programme

Learn about the newest research from the researchers who are performing it.

The master’s programme in Philosophy (120) is a two-year English-taught programme. It offers five specialisations:

Each specialisation offers a range of electives, with a total study load of 120 EC.

Latest research

All courses are taught by academics who are active researchers. Content is regularly updated to reflect contemporary academic debates and the very latest insights–many from the research conducted by lecturers on the programme. The academically-rigorous design of the programme aims to develop in you essential skills in reasoning and critical thinking, as well as advanced abilities in independently conducting high-quality scientific research and developing this data into an academic dissertation.

Detailed programme

For a detailed programme, please visit the programme information for each of the specialisations.

Frans de Haas

Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Frans de Haas

“Our Philosophy programmes are unique because they give access to a wide range of philosophical styles (analytical, continental, comparative) that are presented on an equal footing. Moreover, the Leiden academic staff consistently combines knowledge of the relevant history of their philosophical discipline with their more systematical interests, which deepens both teaching and research, and opens up questions of more general cultural interest concerning the relationship between philosophies and their contexts.”

Philosophical debates

"In my classes I train critical thinking by highlighting philosophical debates in original philosophical texts, in contemporary secondary literature, including my own contributions to the field, and of course in discussions during seminars in which students have to present their view on a particular topic or text and defend it against criticism from their peers."

Reception of ancient theories

"My research is focused on the reception, in Late Antiquity, of the philosophies of Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics. I regularly teach an MA seminar on the reception of ancient theories of learning and education, following their ideas through the Middle Ages down to 21st century debates on Bildung and human flourishing."

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