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Philosophy (MA) (60EC)

The one-year master's programme in Philosophy at Leiden University integrates historical and systematic approaches in philosophy. It offers an advanced training in philosophical methodologies and skills, as well as a sophisticated knowledge of traditional and recent philosophical developments.

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Why study Philosophy at Leiden University?

Leiden University is home to one of the oldest departments of philosophy in the Low Countries. Among its research strengths are political philosophy and non-Western philosophy. In addition, it hosts a large international staff with wide-ranging expertise in continental philosophy and the philosophy of knowledge. Content of the programme incorporates the very latest academic theory and the field’s historical development across a number of branches of philosophy.

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Develop your skills

The intellectual skills you will develop by studying philosophy are transferable to most non-philosophical professions. The master’s in Philosophy will train you to become a critical thinker, capable of analysing complex ideas and evaluating the principles of various positions. During your master, you will study, analyse and discuss primary philosophical texts while you learn to develop and communicate your own ideas.

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Learn from thought leaders

At Leiden University, great minds have been gathering for over five hundred years to explore fundamental questions. Today, the Institute for Philosophy at Leiden University is an international centre for research and education, with an expansive network of partner institutes and an active programme of visiting lecturers.

During your master’s programme in Philosophy, you learn from researchers of the highest international standing. Our lecturers are committed to helping you reach your potential. At Leiden University, small classes allow ample opportunity for contact between you and your lecturers.

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In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 31 Education
  • 25 Government and semi-government
  • 13 Research
  • 6 Non profit
  • 6 Media and journalism
  • 6 Business services
  • 6 Financial organisations
  • 6 Consultancy
  • 1 Other

Philosophy degree

Philosophy at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in Philosophy and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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