Philosophy (Philosophy and Economics)

Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy (Philosophy and Economics)

Get a solid analytical and critical grasp of new views. Be part of an advanced discussion in the philosophy, methodology, history and culture of economics, and go on to a research or academic career.

Why do economists often fail to predict? Are there moral limits to markets? What, if anything, is wrong with the conception of rationality in economics? What are good accounts of the evolution of cooperation and morality?

The Research Master in Philosophy and Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam is unique in studying all aspects of the philosophy of economics. It is an intensive two-year programme, where you can profit from a truly interdisciplinary environment. This programme is part of the world’s leading research institute Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE).

Why study a Research Master in Philosophy (Philosophy and Economics) in Rotterdam?

  • An intensive programme taught by international experts.
  • A unique and exciting interdisciplinary research focus.
  • An emphasis on your academic development, particularly research and publishing.
  • An internationally recognised MA and access to an academic career.
  • The internationally renowned Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE).

Career opportunities

The programme prepares you for the following:

  • Further research leading to a PhD, at Erasmus University or elsewhere.
  • A junior research position within an academic programme in philosophy and economics.

Graduate destinations

  • Graduates are well equipped to pursue PhDs in philosophy of economics, philosophy, economics, and social science
  • Graduate destinations include programmes at the London School of Economics (LSE), University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, Tilburg, Nottingham, and other leading research universities.

Education objectives

The Research Master Philosophy and Economics aims to prepare students for an academic career in the area of philosophy and economics. It provides a thorough grounding in the main areas of the philosophy of economics. You will be able to understand and critique complex texts, conduct independent interdisciplinary research projects and present your work in a clear manner.


The programme comprises two years of study (120 EC) in analytic philosophy. The curriculum comprises ten courses altogether: seven so-called core courses in philosophy of economics and three courses in the fields of philosophy of science, ethics, history of philosophy or philosophical anthropology. You finish the programme by writing a thesis and a Ph.D. research proposal.

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Mode of education

You will follow seminars where teachers engage in a direct exchange of ideas with students and give immediate feedback on their class participation and written assignments. You actively participate in the bi-weekly Ph.D-seminars. All students are appointed an academic advisor to discuss their plans and performance in the programme on a regular basis.

Target audience

Highly motivated students in philosophy, economics, PPE or closely related programmes with grade average in the top quintile.

Admission criteria

  • A Bachelor/Master in Economics, or Philosophy, Philosophy and Economics, or related programmes
  • A grade for the BA thesis equivalent to at least 8 in the Dutch grading system
  • An average grade in the BA equivalent to at least 8 in the Dutch grading system
  • A successful proficiency test of English
  • A detailed letter of intent
  • A writing sample in philosophy or economics

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Do you meet the requirements? Start your application in Studielink. After your application in Studielink, Erasmus University Rotterdam informs you on the further application procedure.

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