Bachelor in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline
Because philosophy is everywhere

Study programme

A degree in philosophy is an excellent complement to any other degree. In the current age of uncertainty and rapidly advancing technologies knowledge of philosophical problems and skills remains relevant. This programme teaches you to express arguments clearly and to think critically and creatively.


The full curriculum contains 180 European credits (EC) of which 90 EC will be in Philosophy courses. The Philosophy programme offers a set of core philosophy courses which amounts to 63.75 EC. The remaining 26.25 EC are obtained through a specialised set of courses on the philosophy of an EUR discipline (15 EC) and the thesis (11.25 EC). You can use one of two sets of courses (15 EC) offered in block 1 as a minor for your main programme. You will get the other 90 EC by taking courses at your main study.

Practical information

The main language of the programme is English, but you may answer the exams in Dutch as well. To prevent clashes with lectures and seminars of your main programme, philosophy courses will be scheduled between 15.00 and 21.30 hrs. Lectures will be recorded, with the exception of the courses in Philosophy of an EUR discipline. 


In the programme we do not work with prerequisite courses, thus you are free to take up philosophy courses as they are scheduled. However, we advise you to follow the standard learning schedule below. Depending upon your individual wishes you can also make your own schedule.

Philosophy of a Specific Discipline as a single bachelor

Combine philosophy with any other programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

In case you are not interested in the double bachelor construction, it is also possible to study the Bachelor in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline as a single bachelor. If you are planning to do this, please contact, so we can help you work out a study plan.

Philosophy of a Specific Discipline (180 EC) consists of 90 EC at Erasmus School of Philosophy and 90 EC at any other school at Erasmus University. This means you enrol for both the Philosophy of a Specific Discipline and for another programme of your choice at Erasmus University. For example: If you would like to follow the Bachelor in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline specializing in Economics, you enrol for both the Bachelor in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline and for the Bachelor Economics at Erasmus School of Economics.

To ensure the quality of the programme, you need to ask approval for your study plan from the Examination Board of Erasmus School of Philosophy (see forms and example below). Please hand in part 1 of the approval form in September of the year you start and send the form to You have to hand in the second part of the form before February 1st of the year in which you would like to graduate. When there have been changes in your study programme, please also hand in a revised version of part 1.

Study Programme:

Year 1:

60 EC in the study programme of the scientific discipline of your choice (I.e. all courses of the first year)

Year 2:

45 EC in Philosophy courses

15 EC in the study programme of the scientific discipline of your choice

Year 3: 

45 EC in Philosophy Courses

15 EC in the study programme of the scientific discipline of your choice


Note: In the first year of your study, you will have to acquire 60 EC (BSA) in the study programme of your chosen scientific discipline. Therefore, you start with your scientific discipline first and move on to philosophy in your second year.


For the courses you can take in each scientific discipline, please consult one of the following pages (all 90 EC have to be from the same programme):

Bachelor in Philosophy of Law

Bachelor in Philosophy of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Bachelor in Philosophy of Economics

Bachelor in Philosophy of History, Culture and Communication

Bachelor in Philosophy of Health Policy and Management

Bachelor in Philosophy of Medicine

Bachelor in Philosophy of Management


Please note: After graduation, you will receive a bachelor's degree in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline.

Information Video: Bachelor of a Specific Discipline

In this video ESPhil Director of Education Han van Ruler welcomes you to watch this video and will introduce the programme. After that lecturer Jamie van der Klaauw will discuss the content of the Bachelor in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline programme and what it means to study philosophy (next to your other degree). Moreover, he will give practical information on how such a combination works (such as time schedule, lectures etc.). Next to that, we have one of our students of the Bachelor in Philosophy of Specific Discipline, Azra Cutic. She will give first-hand information about her experience to combine her BA studies psychology with philosophy.