Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy

The MA Philosophy is the place where cutting edge philosophical research meets the classroom. This enables our students to engage in contemporary philosophical debates.

We challenge you to analyse and interpret philosophical questions and develop your own arguments and ideas.

Because of the research-driven nature of this programme, courses vary every year. Choosing from a wide range of courses you specialise in your own area of interest. Both the analytic and continental philosophical traditions are represented in the MA Philosophy.

The Master in Philosophy is also offered in Dutch.

Career opportunities

This Master prepares you for a social or scientific career. You'll come into your own in environments that demand analytical capacities, reflection, and conceptual defensibility.  Once you have your philosophy degree you can consider a future in education or research, or in government or business.

Education objectives

The Master in Philosophy offers competence in self-reliant and independent critical philosophical analysis. This competence implies the capability to articulate a research question and a related research proposal.

Mode of education

The education in the Master in Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam is small scale and personal. Besides the lectures you will have individual tutorials. There is room for debate and discussion with fellow students, but we also expect you to work  individually on writing essays. During the process of your master thesis you will be supervised  intensely.

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Target audience

Intrepid thinkers who wish to take on the mental challenges of the 21st century choose the Master programme in Philosophy. A Bachelor in Philosophy grants access to this programme, which prepares you for a scientific or worldly career that will require analytic prowess and conceptual strength: in education, research or otherwise, in public service or commercial employment.

Admission criteria

Students with a Bachelor in Philosophy comparable to the bachelor degree in philosophy of Erasmus University Rotterdam are eligible. If you have a bachelor degree in another field combined with at least 60 ECTS in philosophy courses, you can apply for this master. The Examination Board decides on admission. An English proficiency test is part of the admission criteria.


Do you meet the requirements?

  • If you have a non-Dutch diploma, you start your application in the EUR Admissions Portal. 
  • If you have a Dutch secondary education diploma, you need to register with Studielink.

Please note: an International or European Baccalaureate is a non-Dutch diploma, even if it is obtained in the Netherlands!

For most programmes, Studielink opens in October prior to your starting year. For programmes with a selective admission a different procedure may be applicable.

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