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Philosophy of Natural Sciences (MA)

The master's programme in Philosophy of Natural Sciences at Leiden University allows you to specialise in the conceptual and methodological issues in the natural sciences.

What will you study?

In this programme you will explore the philosophical foundations of the natural sciences, raising and discussing questions in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology and ethics.

Metaphysical questions are concerned with how natural scientists constitute the world. What objects are acknowledged by the natural sciences? Epistemological issues pertain to the nature and limits of our knowledge of the natural world. What is the difference between observation and experimentation.

Hone your intellect

This intellectually-rigorous programme attracts talented and motivated students. In-class debates with fellow students will fine-tune your reasoning skills. Small classes allow for direct contact with your lecturers who are invested in developing your individual potential.

Expect to graduate with in-depth knowledge and advanced skills in critical-thinking – ensuring you stand out in any future career.

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