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Our Research Master Philosophy offers you the opportunity to work with leading scholars in the history of philosophy, practical philosophy and theoretical philosophy.

The Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen is a vibrant, international community of excellent researchers and teachers. It consistently receives the highest evaluations both for research and for teaching among philosophy departments in the Netherlands from independent assessors.

The Research Master allows you to specialize in one of three areas: History of Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy, or Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy. You will receive instruction in core areas of philosophy and pick courses and tutorials aimed at your particular interests, we will also offer training in writing and presenting. More information about the programme and courses see page 90 of the 2024-2025 study guide.

Groningen's internationally renowned staff have expertise in most areas of philosophy, with particular strengths in early modern philosophy, ethics, metaethics, social and political philosophy, feminism, philosophy of mind, (formal) epistemology, logic, and the philosophy of science. Read about our research. The next Philosophy Master's Day will take place on Wednesday 20 November 2024 and will be live-streamed. Check out the University of Groningen Open Days.




Master of Arts


2 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 18,700

€ 15,900


Application requirements

Students with a degree from a Dutch university should send their application files to: (Janine Weeting). Please follow the instructions:

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

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

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

You will need to prove your proficiency in English by means of one of the following tests (the test result cannot be older than two years): * IELTS, minimum overall score 7.0 with no band lower than 6.5 * TOEFL 100 (section scores Reading 22, Listening 22, Speaking 26, 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 any one of the following countr

The applicant should explain their motivation and what is expected after graduation.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band
TOEFL internet based

Check when you can start and what you have to pay!

Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 18,700
€ 15,900
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 1 May '24 1 May '24
1 Feb '25 1 Nov '24 1 Nov '24
1 Sep '25 1 May '25 1 May '25
1 Feb '26 1 Nov '25 1 Nov '25
1 Sep '26 1 May '26 1 May '26


You can check if you're eligible for scholarships that apply to this course.

NL Scholarship

The NL Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands.

StuNed Scholarship Programme

StuNed Scholarships for master studies, short courses and customised training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least 2 years' work experience in a development-related organisation.


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Oude Boteringestraat 44
9712 GL Groningen
050 363 9011

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