MA Philosophy Now

Admission requirements for Master Philosophy

Bachelor-Master Transition 2020-2021

In consultation with the other EUR Schools, ESPhil has taken measures to facilitate students who, due to the corona measures, are faced with a delay in transitioning to the master.

Although technical details and financial implications are still being discussed on a national level, we have decided to admit applicants to our master’s programme who are in the final phase of their bachelor’s programme but have not yet obtained a bachelor’s degree, on the condition that (1) the applicant has obtained at least 162 EC within the bachelor’s examination programme, and (2) a substantial (at least 50%) progress has been made with respect to the thesis and/or graduation project for the bachelor’s programme, as proven by a statement provided by the supervisor.

On the basis of these conditions, the Examination Board will decide on the admission of students to the Ma, taking as a rule that 50% of the total amount of credits for the Ba-thesis is included in the calculation of the 18 ec deficit for the Ba-examination. In exceptional cases, the Examination Board may deviate from this rule in favor of the student, taking into account the student’s earlier study performance.

See also: https://www.eur.nl/en/news-calendar/dossiers/corona#faq

Below, you will find draft formulations of the texts to be added to the Programme Regulations of the two programmes concerned.

Master Philosophy

Article 2.2

[…]

3.  Because of the conditions created by the Corona crisis, exceptions to the requirements of 2.2 apply, as specified in article 2.3

Article 2.3 Conditional admission related to corona measures

1. During the academic year 2020-2021, a student may exceptionally be admitted to the master of Philosophy if:

a. s/he has obtained at least 162 ec in the bachelor in Philosophy; or

b. s/he has obtained at least 162 ec in the bachelor in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline; or

c. s/he has obtained at least 162 ec of a bachelor degree in another discipline than philosophy including a total of 60 ec (minor excluded) for courses in philosophy belonging to the main programme itself;

and

d. s/he has obtained and delivered to the examination board a written statement by her/his supervisor in the Ba-programme that progress on the bachelor thesis or other type of graduation project for the bachelor programme has been finalised to an extent that at least 50 % of the work in research and writing has been done.

e. If the bachelor degree is not obtained before 31 August 2021, the possibility to follow master-level courses and master-level examinations will be terminated.

  1. The Examination Board decides on the admission as specified in paragraph 1 of this Article.

Research Master in Philosophy and Economics

Article 2.2

[…]

6.  Because of the conditions created by the Corona crisis, exceptions to the requirements of 2.2 apply, as specified in article 2.3

 2.3 Conditional admission related to Corona measures

  1. During the academic year 2020-2021, a student may exceptionally be eligible for selection if:

a. the grade average mentioned sub 1 in Article 2.2 is applicable to at least an equivalent of 162 credits in the Bachelor programme of prior education;

b. the student has obtained and delivered to the Admissions Committee a written statement by the supervisor in the programme of prior education that progress on the bachelor thesis or other type of graduation project for the bachelor programme has been finalised to an extent that at least 50 % of the work in research and writing has been done.

c. If the bachelor degree is not obtained before 31 August 2021, the possibility to follow master-level courses and master-level examinations may be terminated.

 

The admission requirements for the MA Philosophy Now are:

Bachelor programme

Additional requirements

Bachelor in Philosophy or 
Bachelor in Philosophy of a specific Discipline from Erasmus University Rotterdam*

 

Bachelor in Philosophy from another university (English) **

 

Bachelor in Philosophy from another university (Non-English)*and **

  • Proficiency in English***.

Bachelor in another discipline (Non-English)*and**

  • A total of 60 EC of courses (minor excluded) in Philosophy within the programme of the other bachelor.****
  • Proficiency in English***.

Bachelor in another discipline (English)*and**

  • A total of 60 EC of courses (minor excluded) in Philosophy within the programme of the other bachelor.****

* From a recognised Dutch university programme or an equivalent qualification from an international academic institution.  

** For students with a degree from a non-Dutch university, admissions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. This assessment will partly
be based on detailed information concerning the level and contents of the programme through which the degree was obtained. The student in question will have to provide this information, after which it will be reviewed by Erasmus School of Philosophy in order to assess whether the programme may serve as a suitable prerequisite for the programme offered at Erasmus School of Philosophy.

*** You meet this requirement if:

- you completed at least 60 EC of courses in English in your bachelor degree, or if

- you obtained at least 7.0/10 as a final grade for English in high school (VWO or equivalent), or if

- you are a native speaker, or if

- you can demonstrate your proficiency in English in a writing sample.

**** A total of 60 EC in philosophy courses has to be part of the standard curriculum of the bachelor programme you graduated from. This is to ensure that the applicant has the theoretical, practical and analytical knowledge and skills required for Philosophy Now. Bachelor programmes such as Political Theory and various programmes in the humanities usually meet this requirement. 
To give an example: an applicant with a bachelor in Economics with electives and a minor in philosophy worth 60 EC is not eligible to apply. An applicant with a bachelor in Political Theory with 60 EC in philosophy courses is eligible to apply. The difference is in the remaining 120 EC that gave this student a background that prepares him or her more adequately for the master Philosophy Now.

*****Assessment criteria

The Examination Board of Erasmus School of Philosophy assesses applications on the basis of all of the above mentioned admission requirements.
The assesment criteria for the master Philosophy Now are designed and applied in order for the programme to remain a top programme in philosophy, and to preserve and guarantee an excellent and inspiring study environment.

 Application process

Applications can be made throughout the year and are assessed on a rolling basis; results are typically communicated in less than a month. The programme starts annually in September; the application deadline for starting the following September is June 1st of the same year if you need to apply for a visa, or August 20th if you do not need to apply for a visa. Early applications are advised as places in the programme are limited and fill up as the application processing proceeds for each year; waiting lists or deferrals to next academic year may be handled if the number of qualified applicants exceeds the places available.

 Applicants can approach the administrative manager of the procedure for more detailed information before submitting their application, as well as after receiving the verdict (examinationboard@esphil.eur.nl).