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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.

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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.

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What will you study?

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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Develop your skills

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.

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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

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA Philosophy 2016-2020.

Philosophy degree

Moral and Political Philosophy at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme of Philosophy. 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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