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?

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

The MA Philosophy offers you the chance to study philosophy in a unique programme that actively and critically engages with the world. The programme is attractive for international and Dutch students who want to study philosophy in its relation to the arts and sciences as well as to society and economics. It offers the Faculty’s fulltime, part-time and ‘double degree’ Bachelor students the opportunity of further specialization, but also caters for qualified students from other disciplines.

The degree is structured around two tracks: ‘Continental Philosophy and its History’ (CPH) and ‘Philosophy, Politics and Economics’ (PPE). The two tracks mirror the Faculty’s research interests, with each track combining insights into different perspectives in the history of Western Philosophy.

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.

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.


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