Philosophy (MA) (60EC)
Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.
What our graduates do
The one-year master’s programme in Philosophy prepares you for any career in which reasoning skills, high levels of abstraction and critical thinking are valued. Our graduates are currently employed in a wide range of professions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Successful completion of an MA can also lead to PhD research and a career in academia.
Currently 100% of our students find employment at university-graduate level within one year of completing our one-year MA in Philosophy. We can attribute this both to the high quality of the programme and the talent and ambition of our students.
You will find our graduates working in an astonishingly wide range of professions and professional organisations. Examples include:
- Policy Officer at a ministry
- Copywriter at a media company
- Freelance editor
- PhD candidate at an foreign university
- Editor at a communications consultancy firm
- Consultant at an IT consultancy firm
- Editor at a company specialising in reviewing theses and dissertations
- Coordinator at an international human rights watch organisation
- PhD candidate at a university in Sweden
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.
Graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) (MA Philosophy)
“As a teacher of philosophy I try to enthuse my students for philosophy so that they can critically think about today’s ever-changing world. The master’s programme Philosophy, Politics and economics (PPE) is a fitting contribution to my work as a teacher.”
Wide-oriented interdisciplinary master’s programme
“As the name seems to suggest PPE is a wide-oriented interdisciplinary master’s programme that touches on all aspects of the modern society and focusses on the knowledge and skills that are needed for a rigorous philosophical analysis of this society. By contributing to a better theoretical understanding of the modern society, PPE brings about better informed acts in practise. Hence, the knowledge and skills learned in the PPE master’s programme are a valuable asset for everyone. I aim to spread the knowledge and skills learned in the master’s programme to my students.”
Skills you need as a modern political philosopher
“Besides teaching I also write, for instance as a columnist for the Dutch website tussenwoord.nl. PPE contributed to my quality of writing as it learned me to write succinctly, precisely and accessibly about complex philosophical, political and economical ideas. To me it is clear that PPE teaches you the skills you need as a modern political philosopher. I would recommend the PPE master’s programme to all who want to teach or write about philosophy, politics or economics.”
The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA in Philosophy (60EC) 2016-2020.
In which sector do students find jobs?
- 31 % Education
- 25 % Government and semi-government organisations
- 13 % Research
- 6 % Non-profit
- 6 % Media and journalism
- 6 % Business services
- 6 % Financial organisations
- 6 % Consultancy
- 1 % Other
How successful are they in finding a job?
- 61 % found a job within two months
- 67 % found their first job at academic level
Find out how this programme exactly prepares you for your future career and check our career preparation activities.
The MA in Philosophy at Leiden University aims to equip you with a range of intellectual skills and academic attitude that will help you thrive in any future position. Your high-level skills in abstraction, reasoning and critical thinking can be applied within any role, to any conceptual problem, helping you come up with innovative and out-of-the-box solutions.
A growing number of students choose to do an internship during their study. Internships are a great way to gain indispensable firsthand experience in your area of interest before you decide on making it a career.
In recent years students from the MA Philosophy (60EC) have been doing internships at the following organisations:
- Filosofie Magazine
- Dutch Royal Library The Hague
- Peace Palace The Hague
- Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment
- Dutch Consulate Office in Chongquing, China
- PricewaterhouseCoopers Consultancy
Our staff can help you identify both the career that is right for you, and the necessary steps to get you there. Our team at Humanities Career Service provide all Leiden University humanities students with professional advice and guidance on everything from internships and career planning to job applications. Humanities Career Service also organises regular workshops on topics such as effective interview skills and creating a successful CV.
The Humanities Career Service offers you various (online) workshops, webinars and info sessions. Check our overview of career activities.
The Leiden University Career Zone is an online career portal that helps you to prepare for the job market. Here you can find information, tools and tips to help you gain more personal insight, learn about the job market, develop your application skills, plan your academic and professional career, find job vacancies and discover what the Career Service can do for you.
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Jelle on finding an internship via Leiden University's Mentor Network
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