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Philosophy of Knowledge (MA)

The master's programme in Philosophy of Knowledge at Leiden University is your opportunity to investigate the connections between philosophy and science in historical perspective.

Please note: this master's specialisation was formerly called History and Philosophy of the Sciences.

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Why study Philosophy of Knowledge at Leiden University?

As the oldest university in the Netherlands, Leiden University hosts a dedicated group of internationally-acclaimed philosophers who specialise in the Philosophy of Knowledge.

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What will you study?

Taught by Leiden University's distinguished faculty, this programme investigates the connections between philosophy and science in historical perspective. You will specifically focus on the history and development of theories and methods in the intellectual endeavours known as philosophy and science.

Admission and Application

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Develop your skills

This intellectually rigorous programme is your opportunity to explore the fascinating ways in which these fields interact and influence each other. You will learn alongside talented and highly-motivated students. Discussions and debates with classmates will help fine-tune your reasoning skills and ability to formulate logical and persuasive arguments. Classes are kept deliberately small to allow for a high level of interaction with your lecturers, many of whom are leading researchers in their fields.

Find out more about the career prospects

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

Philosophy degree

Philosophy of Knowledge 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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