Research Master in Philosophy and Economics

Admission requirements for Research Master Research Master in Philosophy and Economics

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

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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 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.

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor/Master in Economics, or Philosophy, Philosophy and Economics, PPE or related programmes.
  • A grade for the bachelor thesis equivalent to at least an 8.0 in the Dutch grading system.
  • An average grade in the bachelor equivalent to at least 8 in the Dutch grading system.
  • Proficiency in English:
    - The main language of your previous education was English, or
    - You are a native speaker, or
    - You can prove your proficiency in English in a writing sample. 
  • A detailed letter of intent that:
    - demonstrates your interest in philosophy of economics;
    - details your background in philosophy and economics;
    - describes why you deem yourself equipped to follow the Research Master in Philosophy and Economics.
  • A writing sample of around 10-15 pages. (At least 8 pages, maximum 25 pages, excluding bibliography and appendices. This can be an essay in philosophy, economics, or a closely related subject.)
  • Two letters of reference. 

Assessment criteria 
The admission committee, composed of leading researchers in the philosophy of economics, assesses applications on the basis of all of the above admission requirements.

The assessment criteria for the Research Master in Philosophy and Economics are designed and applied in order for the programme to remain a top programme in philosophy of economics, and to preserve and guarantee an excellent and inspiring study environment.

Application processing 
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 30 of the same year. (For scholarships and visa matters, earlier deadlines may apply.) 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 head of the admission committee, as well as the administrative manager of the procedure for more detailed information before submitting their application, as well as after receiving the verdict (via researchmasters@esphil.eur.nl ).