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Moral and Political Philosophy (MA)

The master's programme in Philosophy: Moral and Political Philosophy at Leiden University offers an excellent opportunity to explore fundamental issues in moral and political philosophy.

Why study Moral and Political Philosophy at Leiden University?

The programme capitalises on Leiden University's internationally-acclaimed expertise in practical philosophy, which covers the entire range of moral and political philosophy. The Leiden Institute of Philosophy hosts the Centre for Political Philosophy, which brings together researchers with an active interest in political philosophy from different institutes, branches and fields of study at Leiden University, making Leiden one of the best places to study Moral and Political Philosophy.

This programme focuses on fundamental problems of moral and political philosophy. You will be immersed in philosophical reflection on the foundations and normative principles underlying individual action and society. Questions such as the relation between individual responsibility and structural justice, the nature of our moral discourse, and the fundamentals of practical judgment will be on the menu.

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What are your career prospects?

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.

Is Moral and Political Philosophy the programme for you? 

This challenging programme attracts talented and highly motivated students. In-class discussions will help you develop analytical and communicative skills. Classes are deliberately kept small to ensure a high level of contact between students and lecturers. You can expect to graduate with in-depth knowledge and advanced skills in critical thinking–ensuring you that you will stand out in any future career. Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's programme?

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