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Philosophy in World Traditions (MA)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Philosophy in World Traditions at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances

The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2021-2022 academic year. 

For this specific master’s programme this means that students are allowed to complete their bachelor’s programme in September 2021 and can start the master’s programme. You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 30 September 2021 at the latest. 

This option does not apply to non-EER students who are following a Bachelor abroad due to visa restrictions.

What do you need to do?

Enrol on and request admission to both programmes (bachelor and master):

  1. Fill in this form before 15 June.
  2. Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
  3. Request admission in uSis before the relevant deadline (check the Application deadlines page)
  4. Re-enrol for the bachelor’s before 1 September for a maximum of one month.

Check with your Bachelor study advisor if you can make use of this option.

Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2021 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 30 September 2021 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.

You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 30 September 2021 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.

Diploma requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • You should have a bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree;
  • The bachelor's degree should be in a discipline relevant to Philosophy in World Traditions: Asian studies or Middle Eastern studies; 
  • You should have the ability to formulate a clear philosophical research question, to develop and formulate a critical view on that question, and to support this view by means of argument and analysis, to be determined on the basis of a writing sample;
  • You have completed the pre-Master's programme. Read more here.

Language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 100
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 100
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (former CAE) 185
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (former CPE)

For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency.

English tests accepted
Results may not be more than two years old! 

  • IELTS: academic modules only 
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined). The sufficient score must be obtained in one individual test. Also not accepted are institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We are able to accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™  for admission to the academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

>> Go to the next step: Step 2: Check the application deadlines

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