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.

The program invites students who look for argumentative rigour and analytical skill in combination with the courage to bridge differences between so called ‘analytic’ and ‘continental philosophy’. In Rotterdam students will study Spinoza and Zizek, Hegel and Lewis, Descartes and Searle - to name only some of the main intellectual sparring partners.

Philosophy in Rotterdam aims at engaging in some of the deepest insights of Western thought and at participating in many of the complex analytical scholarly debates that dominate worldwide philosophizing.

Why study a Master in Philosophy in Rotterdam?

The degree is structured around two tracks that have two overlapping courses, and share elective courses for all students: ‘Continental Philosophy and its History’ (CPH) and ‘Philosophy, Politics and Economics’ (PPE).

Career Opportunities

The MA Philosophy is an excellent preparation for a career that requires the ability to think critically and creatively. Our alumni have established careers in (higher) education, academia, business, civil service and journalism.

Education objectives

The MA Philosophy aims to prepare students for an academic career. It provides a thorough grounding in the main areas together with the analytical and research skills required for further study as a junior researcher or PhD candidate. 


The two tracks mirror the Faculty’s internationally distinguished research programmes, with each track combining insights from different perspectives in the history of Western Philosophy with current debates in the main schools of contemporary philosophy focusing on their topicality and societal relevance.

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. 

Target audience

The MA Philosophy is the perfect next step for ambitious students who have finished their BA Philosophy. During this programme we expect you to think independently and critically.

Admission criteria

Students with a Bachelor in Philosophy comparable to the bachelor degree in philosophy of Erasmus University Rotterdam are eligible to apply. If you have a bachelor degree in another field combined with at least 60 ECTS in philosophy courses, you may 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? Start your application in Studielink. After your application in Studielink, Erasmus University Rotterdam will inform you about next steps.

Do you meet the requirements? Start your application in Studielink. For most programmes, Studielink opens in October prior to your starting year. After your application in Studielink, Erasmus University Rotterdam informs you on the further application procedure.

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Please see below for information about the specialisations within this master programme. Whether a specialisation is offered full-time or part-time, is indicated accordingly. 

Master specialisation



Continental Philosophy and its History Full-time n/a
Philosophy, Politics, Economics Full-time n/a