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What is consciousness? What is the relation between truth and democracy? If our world is mechanistic, how could chances ever exist?

Students will train the philosophical knowledge and skills they developed in their Bachelor's degree and are encouraged to engage in philosophical discussions at a deeper level during their Master's. The Master's in Philosophy therefore offers a highly individualized programme helping students to explore their options in philosophy after completion of the programme. The Master's is concluded with a thesis on a topic of your choice.

The Faculty of Philosophy is home to internationally renowned teaching staff who together with a diverse student body form a lively and stimulating close-knit philosophical community located in the city center of Groningen. The Master's programme in Philosophy is offered both on a full-time and part-time basis. More information about the programme and courses see page 68 of the study guide.

Sign up for our master information sessions during the Master's Day Philosophy 22 March 2023!

Faculty scholarships

All non-EU/EEA master students registered at the Faculty of Philosophy receive a faculty scholarship covering 50% of the tuition fee in the first year subject to the Terms and conditions faculty scholarship. Admitted students from outside the EU/EEA can apply for the Holland Scholarship.




Master of Arts


1 year

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2023/2024

€ 2,314

€ 16,000


Application requirements

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

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 6.5 TOEFL 90/120 IBT 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 countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia * have comple

Required documents to be provided with application: Copy of bachelor diploma or proof of enrolment including expected graduation date, CV, writing sample. This sample can be a Bachelor thesis or a paper written for a philosophy course.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band
TOEFL internet based

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

Tuition fees  
€ 2,314
€ 16,000
Information not available
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '23 1 May '23 1 May '23
1 Feb '24 1 Nov '23 1 Nov '23
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


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

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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9712 GL Groningen
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