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Philosophy: Philosophy, Bioethics and Health


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What are the ethical considerations behind abortion and euthanasia? Where do we draw the line between preventing serious handicaps in children and creating “designer babies”? Who determines whether a patient’s personality has changed after neurological surgery? The field of bioethics has surged in recent years due to breakthroughs in medicine and technological advances. But these have also led to new and puzzling questions – not just for scientists but for society as a whole. Do you want to tackle questions such as these? Then the Philosophy, Bioethics and Health could be your next challenge!

The programme will provide you with the theoretical and practical tools to deal with ethical issues in health care and health-care policy. You will learn how to reflect on practical problems from a medical, moral, legal, political and economic perspective. The need for interdisciplinary reflection is growing as developments within society lead to new challenges in health care. The programme aims to educate professionals in philosophy and medical ethics and foster their capacity to reflect on these issues. This is truly a programme for today’s evolving world.




Master of Arts


2 years

ECTS credits

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Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530


Application requirements

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Language requirements

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
IELTS overall band
IELTS listening
IELTS reading
IELTS writing
IELTS speaking
TOEFL paper based
TOEFL computer based
TOEFL internet based

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Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
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Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 31 May '24 1 Apr '24
1 Sep '25 31 May '25 1 Apr '25
1 Sep '26 31 May '26 1 Apr '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.

Orange Knowledge Programma (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society's sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.

Orange Tulip Scholarship - China

These customised scholarships will increase the talent development in a country with a Nuffic Neso office by allowing talented students to study in the Netherlands.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Main address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

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