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Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

What our graduates do

Organisations today seek employees with both breadth and depth to their knowledge, and the analytical acumen to independently solve complex challenges.

This programme is an ideal training ground for individuals who aspire to a career in policy making, politics, governance, public administration, and social entrepreneurship, as well as in creative fields such as journalism, media and the arts. Graduates of this programme lead the way in opinion-forming and agenda-setting professions including politics and journalism.

Our graduates end up working in a diverse range of positions, examples include:

  • Policy Officer at a ministry
  • Copywriter at a media company
  • Freelance editor
  • PhD candidate at an foreign university
  • Editor at a communications consultancy firm
  • Consultant at an IT consultancy firm
  • Editor at a company specialising in reviewing theses and dissertations
  • Coordinator at an international human rights watch organisation
  • PhD candidate at a university in Sweden

Your qualifications

Our graduates are valued by employers for their critical skills, their analytical acumen and ability to think outside the box. According to human resources analysts Pay Scale, philosophy graduates end up in the top 10% of earners in society. And the rewards are not confined to earning potential.

Teacher qualification

If you are interested in a career in teaching, you can apply for the Dutch-taught teacher-training MA at the ICLON Graduate School of Education after graduating from the master’s programme. To be admitted, you need to have a master’s degree in the  relevant discipline. Fluency in Dutch is mandatory, and additional entry requirements may apply.

Floris Schleicher

Graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) (MA Philosophy)

Floris Schleicher

“As a teacher of philosophy I try to enthuse my students for philosophy so that they can critically think about today’s ever-changing world. The master’s programme Philosophy, Politics and economics (PPE) is a fitting contribution to my work as a teacher.”

Wide-oriented interdisciplinary master’s programme

“As the name seems to suggest PPE is a wide-oriented interdisciplinary master’s programme that touches on all aspects of the modern society and focusses on the knowledge and skills that are needed for a rigorous philosophical analysis of this society. By contributing to a better theoretical understanding of the modern society, PPE brings about better informed acts in practise. Hence, the knowledge and skills learned in the PPE master’s programme are a valuable asset for everyone. I aim to spread the knowledge and skills learned in the master’s programme to my students.”

Skills you need as a modern political philosopher

“Besides teaching I also write, for instance as a columnist for the Dutch website tussenwoord.nl. PPE contributed to my quality of writing as it learned me to write succinctly, precisely and accessibly about complex philosophical, political and economical ideas. To me it is clear that PPE teaches you the skills you need as a modern political philosopher. I would recommend the PPE master’s programme to all who want to teach or write about philosophy, politics or economics.”

Manuel Valente

Graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (MA Philosophy)

Manuel Valente

"As an economics graduate, this programme was excellent. I went to Leiden because I wanted to study important economic, political and moral questions of our times from a philosophical perspective. I could not be happier with this decision, it made me grow personally and intellectually in ways I had not expected."

Intellectual community

"The master was profound, innovative and taught me how to go further in my thinking. The professors at the Institute for Philosophy were very supportive, inspiring and close to their students. Studying Political Philosophy was fantastic, partly because of the intellectual community both professors and students work to preserve. As a city, Leiden is incredibly beautiful and a great place to study. It is particularly inclusive with international students and there I met students from every corner of the world and field of study. I am grateful this experience led me to do a Ph.D. in Philosophy in Belgium."

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA in Philosophy.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 21.0 % Research
  • 16.0 % Business services
  • 11.0 % Culture, sports and recreation
  • 6.0 % Communication
  • 6.0 % Non-profit (e.g. at an idealistic organisation)
  • 6.0 % ICT
  • 34.0 % Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 82.0 % found a job within two months
  • 76.0 % found their first job at academic level

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