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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.

Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances

The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2020-2021 academic year.

For this master’s programme this means that students are allowed to complete their bachelor’s programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and will already be allowed to begin the master’s programme on 1 September 2020. The following additional conditions apply:

  • You will need a minimum of 165 ECTS of the 180 bachelor’s ECTS to get admission to start the master’s programme of your choice. 
  • You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest.

This option does not apply for students from non-EER countries or students from applied universities.

For this master’s programme, this means that you will be allowed to complete your premaster programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and start with your master’s programme on 1 September 2020. You will have to complete your pre-master programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest. The following additional condition applies:

  • For admission to the master’s you should have no more than 15 EC unfinished credits from your pre-master’s programme. If a BA-thesis is part of your premaster, you should have finished the BA thesis before the start of the Master programme.

Enrol in and request admission to both programmes (bachelor and master):

  1. Fill in this form before 15 June.
  2. Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
  3. Request admission in uSis before 15 June
  4. Re-enrol for the bachelor’s programme before 1 September for a maximum of one month.

Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2020 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 31 August 2021 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.
 
You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.

Questions

If you have any questions about admission and enrolment, please use the online contact form to contact the Student Affairs Front Office, using ‘Admission request’ as the subject.

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 Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy 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.

>> Go to the next step: Step 2: Check the application deadlines

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