Research master in Philosophy and Economics

Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy (Philosophy and Economics)

The Research Master in Philosophy and Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam is unique in studying all aspects of the philosophy of economics. It is an intensive two-year programme, where you can profit from a truly interdisciplinary environment. 

The Research Master in Philosophy and Economics is an intensive and internationally recognised two-year programme open to outstanding students with a BA degree in either Philosophy or Economics. Highly qualified students who already have an MA degree in Philosophy or Economics can be offered a shortened programme. The programme focuses on studying the philosophy of economics with the tools of analytic philosophy.

Why study a Research Master in Philosophy (Philosophy and Economics) in Rotterdam?

  • Study in an intensive two-year full time programme.
  • Prepare for Ph.D studies at the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE) and top-quality programmes elsewhere.
  • One of the best Research Master programmes in Philosophy and among the Top-22 of all Master Programmes in the Netherlands.
  • The Research Master in Philosophy and Economics is an intensive and internationally recognised two-year programme open to outstanding students with a BA degree in either Philosophy or Economics. Highly qualified students who already have an MA degree in Philosophy or Economics can be offered a shortened programme. The programme focuses on studying the philosophy of economics with the tools of analytic philosophy.

Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE)

The Research Master builds on an internationally recognised line of research and teaching in analytic philosophy and economics at the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE),in the Faculty of Philosophy of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Research Master is an excellent preparation for an academic career in the growing field of Philosophy and Economics, including for example a subsequent Ph.D project at EIPE or elsewhere.

EIPE Research Fields

During the last twenty years, philosophy and methodology of economics have been established as a relatively autonomous and rapidly growing field of research. The Erasmus Research Master in Philosophy and Economics has been designed so as to link with the most important recent and emerging currents in philosophy of economics and, more broadly, the philosophy of science. There are four broad overlapping themes within the programme: theory, methodology, rationality and ethics.

Aim and career prospects

The Research Master aims to prepare students for an academic career in the area of philosophy of economics. It provides a thorough grounding in the main areas of the philosophy of economics together with the analytical and research skills required for further study as a junior researcher or Ph.D candidate. It is also suitable as a preparation for a Ph.D in analytic philosophy.

The Erasmus Research Master in Philosophy and Economics awards an internationally recognised MA degree. This qualification meets the standards set by EIPE for acceptance to EIPE’s own Ph.D programme. Every year EIPE provides a few bursaries for new Ph.D projects by graduates of the Research Master. The Research Master also meets the standards for acceptance to comparable Ph.D programmes in analytic philosophy abroad.