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Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy (MA)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  •  A bachelor’s degree in Philosophy                                                   
  • Relevant knowledge of ethics and political philosophy and their history, equivalent to the knowledge obtained in the pre-master’s programme for Ethics and Politics or
  • Completed the pre-Master's programme. Read more here.

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in International Studies who have completed courses in philosophy with a total course load of at least 35 ECTS credits are considered to have fulfilled all entry requirements for Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy.

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges and who completed courses in philosophy with a total course load of at least 35 credits are admitted to Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy. Depending on the contents of the completed courses, the Board of Admissions will determine an additional catch-up programme.

Applicants who are in possession of a bachelor’s degree in Political Science or in Public Administration from a Dutch research university are admitted to Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy. The Board of Admissions has determined a catch-up programme, for 15 ECTS credits of deficiencies, consisting of the following bachelor’s courses: Academic Skills Philosophy I (5 EC), Ethics (5 EC), and Political Philosophy (5 EC).

If your diploma does not grant direct admission to the programme, the Board of Admissions will assess your application. To be considered as eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including the General Academic Skills, and
  • the ability to formulate a clear philosophical research question, to develop and formulate a critical view on that question, and to support this view by means of argument and analysis, to be determined on the basis of a writing sample.
  • relevant knowledge of contemporary ethics, political philosophy and/or political theory, equivalent to the knowledge obtained in the pre-master’s programme for Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy.

You will be requested to provide the Board of Admissions with information demonstrating that you possess the same level of knowledge, understanding and skills as holders of a degree as specified in the General diploma requirements.

Language requirements

In order to succesfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 100

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

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