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Philosophy of Knowledge (MA)

About the programme

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

Programme structure

You will take a mandatory introduction seminar entitled Epistemology: contemporary debates followed by three elective courses (10 EC each) in Philosophy of Knowledge. 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 Philosophy of Knowledge. 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.

For a detailed programme, see the Prospectus.

Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

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 rigorous 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.

Victor Gijsbers

Researcher and University Lecturer

Victor Gijsbers

“In the specialisation Philosophy of Knowledge, students not only learn to think philosophically, but are also taught to think about the relations between philosophy and science both in contemporary debates and throughout history. By broadening your outlook, your philosophical reflections become more fruitful.”

Assessing earlier ideas

"The master's programmes in philosophy place central importance on the student's ability to critically assess earlier ideas, develop their own arguments, and reach independent conclusions. These skills are trained in every course."

Philosophy of science

"My own main interests lie in the philosophy of science, especially scientific explanation and understanding. I'm also working on metaphysical problems concerning causation, possibility and time, with some connections to the philosophy of physics."

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