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Philosophy of Natural Sciences (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

Knowledge and skills

The master’s programme in Philosophy (120 EC) at Leiden University aims to equip you with a range of intellectual skills and academic attitude that can help you thrive in any position. Your high-level skills in abstraction, reasoning and critical thinking are intellectual skills that can be applied within any role, to any conceptual problem.

Relevant professional skills and experience

Every student is encouraged to apply what they learn in a professional, practical or foreign situation. This may include studying abroad, working as an intern at an organisation, or getting involved in extracurricular activities. These experiences are valued by organisations, as are strong communication skills. In class, every student is invited to participate in discussions, learning how to confidently and clearly articulate their ideas.


A growing number of students choose to do an internship during their study. Internships are a great way to gain firsthand experience in your area of interest before you decide on making it a career.

In recent years students from the MA Philosophy (120EC) have been doing internships at the following organisations:

  • Filosofie Magazine
  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Dutch Library)
  • Peace Palace The Hague
  • Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment Dutch Consulate Office in Chongquing, China

Teacher qualification

If you are interested in a career in teaching, you can apply for the Dutch-taught teacher-training MA at the ICLON Graduate School of Education after graduating from the master’s programme. To be admitted, you need to have a master’s degree in the  relevant discipline. Fluency in Dutch is mandatory, and additional entry requirements may apply.

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University Master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 29.0 % Research
  • 18.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 12.0 % Communication and journalism
  • 12.0 % Teaching
  • 12.0 % Business services
  • 6.0 % Culture, sports and leisure
  • 12.0 % Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 100.0 % found a job within two months
  • 86.0 % found their first job at academic level

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