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The award
MA

How long you will study
24 months

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

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About Philosophy at University of Groningen

What is freedom and why is it valuable? What makes an argument convincing? How do body and mind interact?

Philosophy is the systematic study of fundamental questions.Students are trained to think and write clearly about topics suchas the relations between mind, body and cognition, the nature andbasis of moral judgments, the limits of knowledge, or theprinciples of social justice.

The Research Master Philosophy offers you the opportunity towork with leading scholars in the history of philosophy, practicalphilosophy and theoretical philosophy (see staffpages). It prepares you for an academic career, but alsoteaches useful skills for other jobs.

The programme offers a core curriculum on philosophical problemsrelated to ongoing research in the faculty, as well as many opportunities to pursue your own interests.

Our personal approach makes the Faculty a wonderful place tostudy, and our programme is consistently ranked highly byindependent assessors. (Read about it here.)

The Master's programme in Philosophy is offered both on afull-time and part-time basis.

Attractions of the Research Master inGroningen

* Students can apply for paid Teaching Assistantships.

* Paid TA guaranteed for the best two EU/EEA applicants.

* Half the tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is covered by theFaculty of Philosophy.

* Talent grants of€5000 for the best non-EU/EEA applicants

* Two fully funded PhD positions reserved for students of ourResearch Master every year, and more positions available in an opencompetition with outside applicants.

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What is freedom and why is it valuable? What makes an argument convincing? How do body and mind interact?

Philosophy is the systematic study of fundamental questions.Students are trained to think and write clearly about topics suchas the relations between mind, body and cognition, the nature andbasis of moral judgments, the limits of knowledge, or theprinciples of social justice.

The Research Master Philosophy offers you the opportunity towork with leading scholars in the history of philosophy, practicalphilosophy and theoretical philosophy (see staffpages). It prepares you for an academic career, but alsoteaches useful skills for other jobs.

The programme offers a core curriculum on philosophical problemsrelated to ongoing research in the faculty, as well as many opportunities to pursue your own interests.

Our personal approach makes the Faculty a wonderful place tostudy, and our programme is consistently ranked highly byindependent assessors. (Read about it here.)

The Master's programme in Philosophy is offered both on afull-time and part-time basis.

Attractions of the Research Master inGroningen

* Students can apply for paid Teaching Assistantships.

* Paid TA guaranteed for the best two EU/EEA applicants.

* Half the tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is covered by theFaculty of Philosophy.

* Talent grants of€5000 for the best non-EU/EEA applicants.

* Two fully funded PhD positions reserved for students of ourResearch Master every year, and more positions available in an opencompetition with outside applicants.

Downloadthe Online Magazine.

After your studies

Job prospects

The Research Master in philosophy prepares you to do a PhD inphilosophy, but it also provides vital skills for other jobs whereresearch and presentation skills are needed, such as journalism,government work, consultancy, publishing, and education.

For those who want to pursue an academic career inphilosophy, Groningen offers many opportunities. We reserve two PhDplaces per year for students who have completed our own ResearchMaster, and offer several additional places for both internal andexternal applicants. Furthermore, the Faculty of Philosophy inGroningen is very successful at securing research grants, whichfund many additional PhD and postdoc positions.

The Research Master in philosophy prepares you to do a PhD inphilosophy, but it also provides vital skills for other jobs whereresearch and presentation skills are needed, such as journalism,government work, consultancy, publishing, and education.

For those who want to pursue an academic career in philosophy,Groningen offers many opportunities. We reserve two PhD places peryear for students who have completed our own Research Master, andoffer several additional places for both internal and externalapplicants. Furthermore, the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen isvery successful at securing research grants, which fund manyadditional PhD and postdoc positions.

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Study options for this course

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

Once we have received your application and all requireddocuments, the admissions board will evaluate your file. Applicantsmay subsequently be invited for an interview (possibly via Skype).In any case, you will hear from us no later than one month afterthe application deadline (see below).

grade average

Academic transcript: We expect applicants to have a mean score of at least 7.5 (corresponding roughly to an A-/B+ in the USsystem) for relevant courses. If the programme involved a thesis,it also must have received at least an 8.

language test

Proof of English proficiency: you will need to prove your proficiency in English by means of one of the following tests (the test cannot be older than two years):

  • IELTS, minimum overall score 7.0 with no band lower than6.5
  • TOEFL 100 (section scores Reading 22, Listening 22, Speaking26, Writing 24)

Please ask the ETS to send us the test score report using institution code 7191. This requirement does not apply if you:

  • are a native speaker and completed secondary education in anyone of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, NewZealand, Australia
  • have completed your bachelor education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand,Australia
previous education

We expect a Bachelor's degree in philosophy or philosophy of a specific scientific discipline, or a degree which the admissionsboard considers to be equivalent.

reference letter

Two reference letters: these letters should be written by instructors who know the student and should describe the student's past performance and academic promise.

written request

Motivation letter: the student should explain why he or she wishes to take part in our programme and what he or she expectsfrom it.

other admission requirements

Students with a degree from a Dutch university should send theirapplication files to: fil-study-advisor@rug.nland follow the application instructions here: http://www.rug.nl/(...)n/inschrijven/master

Required documents in addition to the above to be provided withapplication:

  • Copy of bachelor diploma or proof of enrolment including expected graduation date
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Writing sample: This can be the student's Bachelor thesis or apaper he or she has written for a philosophy course.

International students: first register in Studielink, and thenupload your application files to the Online Application System. In order to do this, visit http://www.rug.nl/howtoapplyand follow the steps. DOWNLOAD PDF (UPDATED DECEMBER 2017): https://www.rug.nl/(...)procedure22dec17.pdf

We advise non-EU students to apply even earlier and use the deadline of the preceding admission moment, as acquiring visa and other documents is often time consuming. Please visit the 'Visa andimmigration' section on http://www.rug.nl/(...)ernational-students/for more information.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

Once we have received your application and all requireddocuments, the admissions board will evaluate your file. Applicantsmay subsequently be invited for an interview (possibly via Skype).In any case, you will hear from us no later than one month afterthe application deadline (see below).

grade average

Academic transcript: We expect applicants to have a mean score of at least 7.5 for relevant courses (corresponding roughly to anA-/B+ in the US system) If the programme involved a thesis, it alsomust have received at least an 8.

language test

Proof of English proficiency: you will need to prove your proficiency in English by means of one of the following tests (the test cannot be older than two years):

  • IELTS, minimum overall score 7.0 with no band lower than6.5
  • TOEFL 100 (section scores Reading 22, Listening 22, Speaking26, Writing 24)

Please ask the ETS to send us the test score report using institution code 7191. This requirement does not apply if you:

  • are a native speaker and completed secondary education in anyone of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, NewZealand, Australia
  • have completed your bachelor education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand,Australia
  • have an International Baccalaureate
  • have a European Baccalaureate diploma
previous education

We expect a Bachelor's degree in philosophy or philosophy of a specific scientific discipline, or a degree which the admissionsboard considers to be equivalent.

reference letter

Two reference letters: these letters should be written by instructors who know the student and should describe the student's past performance and academic promise.

written request

Motivation letter: the student should explain why he or she wishes to take part in our programme and what he or she expectsfrom it.

other admission requirements

Students with a degree from a Dutch university should send theirapplication files to: fil-study-advisor@rug.nland follow the application instructions here: http://www.rug.nl/(...)n/inschrijven/master

Required documents in addition to the above to be provided withapplication:

  • Copy of bachelor diploma or proof of enrolment including expected graduation date
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Writing sample: This can be the student's Bachelor thesis or apaper he or she has written for a philosophy course.

International students: first register in Studielink, and thenupload your application files to the Online Application System. In order to do this, visit http://www.rug.nl/howtoapplyand follow the steps. DOWNLOAD PDF (UPDATED DECEMBER 2017): https://www.rug.nl/(...)procedure22dec17.pdf

We advise non-EU students to apply even earlier and use the deadline of the preceding admission moment, as acquiring visa and other documents is often time consuming. Please visit the 'Visa andimmigration' section on http://www.rug.nl/(...)ernational-students/for more information.

Registration procedure

Registration and application procedure

HOW TO APPLY

All applicants have to register inStudielink

After registering in Studielink, Dutchstudents send their application files to: fil-study-advisor@rug.nl(Mr. Harrie ten Have);

International students upload their applicationfiles in the Online Application System

Full information aboutdocuments required

Full information about all steps involved in the applicationprocedure (including assessment) for Dutchstudents

Full information about all steps involved in the applicationprocedure (including assessment) for internationalstudents

Dutch students wishing to apply for this programme, pleasesubmit your application (including all required documents) to: fil-study-advisor@rug.nl, visit http://www.rug.nl/(...)n/inschrijven/masterand follow the application instructions.

HOW TO APPLY

All applicants have to register inStudielink

After registering in Studielink, Dutchstudents send their application files to: fil-study-advisor@rug.nl(Mr. Harrie ten Have);

International students upload their applicationfiles in the Online Application System

Full information aboutdocuments required

Full information about all steps involved in the applicationprocedure (including assessment) for Dutchstudents

Full information about all steps involved in the applicationprocedure (including assessment) for internationalstudents

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band7
TOEFL internet based100

Tuition fees

NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
non-EU/EEA2017-2018€ 11400full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 11500full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 November 201801 February 2019
01 May 201901 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 November 201801 February 2019
01 April 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 November 201801 February 2019
01 May 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 November 201801 February 2019
01 May 201901 September 2019
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