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Research Master in Philosophy

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English (100%)
24 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The research master focusses on epistemology, philosophy of science and logic. Another strong focus is practical philosophy, in particular ethics and social, political and legal philosophy.

The Research Master’s program in Philosophy is a two-year course that covers a wide range of subjects in philosophy. Our overall aim is to provide you with the skills and insight needed to do independent intellectual work in philosophy at a postgraduate level. Some of our students want to acquire these skills and insights as preparation for a PhD track, some plan to use them in another area of intellectual enterprise, and some are just curious and want to know what postgraduate studies in philosophy are like. But all are invited to participate in a lively research environment in which students are encouraged to interact with some of the best minds in the field.

Tilburg’s Research Master’s program in Philosophy is a joint venture with the Faculty of Philosophy at Radboud University Nijmegen. Together, we offer the widest selection of philosophy specialisations in Europe. You can choose between expert supervision in continental, analytical and historical approaches to philosophy in a wide range of research areas.

The art of thinking
The difference between our Research Master’s program in Philosophy and other programs is that it emphasizes skills. You will receive a solid, thorough training in the art of thinking: clear reasoning, critical analysis, deciphering complex subjects, and techniques such as conveying your thoughts accurately. As a Master’s graduate you will be able to make a valuable contribution to the intellectual debate on philosophy, both amongst colleagues and in wider social circles.

Excellent research
Research in philosophy at Tilburg University attracts world-wide attention. In theoretical philosophy, the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) is home to extensive collaboration between logicians, philosophers of science, epistemologists, and philosophers of language. And in practical philosophy there is a similarly strong cooperation between ethicists and social, political and legal philosophers. There are frequent guest lectures by renowned speakers from all over the world, all of which are open to students. We stimulate an intellectually open atmosphere and we not only study the many interconnections between philosophical topics but also engage in interdisciplinary research, in which philosophical points of view are combined with insights from economics, legal theory, psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics or computer science.

What's Special about the Research Master Philosophy?

You will receive hands-on training in philosophy through participation in research seminars in a variety of fields, including Philosophy of Science, Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Culture, and Social Philosophy.
  • Training courses will help you improve scholarly skills such as academic writing and giving talks.
  • You will get a chance to discuss your ideas with leading philosophers from all over the world.
  • You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will give you active support.

Research Master Philosophy Career Prospects

The Philosophy program has been designed for people with the ambition to do research. Graduates tend to fall into three groups. One group continue their research within academia by applying for a doctoral programme in the Netherlands or abroad. A second group teach philosophy at secondary schools. And a third group enter research-related professions outside of education.

Many of the analytic and scholarly skills acquired in higher philosophy education, such as the careful analysis of concepts, the art of writing essays, and that of giving a well-organised presentation, have application elsewhere. Our graduates are particularly well represented in journalism, science policy, and politics. The reputation of Tilburg University, and of the Philosophy Department in particular, will stand you in good stead whichever career path you choose.

Research Master Philosophy Related Programs

Besides the Research Master in Philosophy, Tilburg University offers several other Philosophy related programs such as the Research Master in Theology

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Research Master Philosophy Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Research Master in Philosophy will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MA degree at Tilburg University.

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About Tilburg University

At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them. Our education and research is internationally inspired and is ground breaking. Tilburg is represented among the top institutes in the international university rankings.

Tilburg University educational programs instil a broad social awareness in our students along with critical personal and professional skills. Learning and development are offered at all career levels. Research endeavours aim to advance the frontiers of knowledge on issues and subjects of direct value to society – and are actively disseminated and applied within the community with this objective in mind. We play an active part in the local community and that of the region, the Netherlands and the entire world, maintaining close contact at all levels.

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