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Modern European Philosophy (MA)

About the programme

The programme consists of 60 EC, to be completed in one year.

You will take a mandatory introduction seminar German Idealism followed by three elective courses (10 EC each) in the area of Modern European Philosophy courses (10 EC each). In the second semester, you will be writing your master’s thesis (20 EC) supported by a mandatory thesis seminar.

The master’s thesis should be an independent academic contribution to philosophy in the field of Modern European Philosophy. Before graduation you will sit for a final exam for which you will defend your thesis and possibly answer questions about a selection of other subjects.

Assessment of courses is normally based on class presentations, assignments, and a final (research) paper.

  • Seminars
  • Self-study
  • Internship options
  • Class presentations
  • Course assignments
  • Midterm and term papers
  • Thesis

Latest research

All courses are taught by academics who are active researchers. Content is continuously updated to reflect contemporary academic debates and the very latest insights – many from the research conducted by lecturers on the programme. The academic design of the programme aims to develop in you essential skills in reasoning and critical thinking, as well as advanced abilities in independently conducting high-quality scientific research and developing this data into an academic dissertation.

Detailed programme

For a detailed programme, see the current student’s website of the master’s programme in Philosophy. For information on separate courses, see the Prospectus.

Rozemund Uljée

University Lecturer

Rozemund Uljée

“This programme provides all the necessary tools for philosophical reflection on the multifaceted aspects of human nature and culture, against the background of contemporary trends: global violence, ecological doom scenarios, renewed search for spirituality, human enhancement by technology, and so forth.”

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