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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?

Philosophy is the systematic investigation of very fundamental questions. Students are trained to think and write in a clear manner about topics such as the relation between mind, body and cognition, the nature and basis of moral judgments, the limits of knowledge, or the principles of social justice. Philosophical questions have been examined for thousands of years and the study of the history of thought is itself an important part of the discipline.

The Master Philosophy is aimed at further training your philosophical knowledge and skills. Students are encouraged to engage in philosophical discussions at a deeper level with the skills and knowledge they developed in their Bachelor's degree programme.

Master's students in Philosophy can choose from three specializations:

  • Theoretical Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Ethics Social and Political Philosophy

 The programme is concluded with a thesis on a topic of your choice.   

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

Wat is bewustzijn? Wat maakt een bijdrage aan een discussie eigenlijk 'geldig'? Wanneer zijn verschillen in rijkdom en macht onrechtvaardig?

Filosofie is systematisch onderzoek naar fundamentele vragen. Je oefent in het zo helder mogelijk denken en schrijven over onderwerpen als de relaties tussen lichaam, brein  en geest, de aard van morele oordelen, de grenzen en bereik van wetenschappelijke kennis, of de meest basale principes van sociale rechtvaardigheid. Filosofische vragen worden al duizenden jaren gesteld en ook het bestuderen van de geschiedenis van de filosofie is zelf een belangrijk onderdeel van de discipline.

In de eenjarige masteropleiding Filosofie ga je dieper in op de kennis die je hebt opgedaan in de bachelor wijsbegeerte of wijsbegeerte van een bepaald wetenschapsgebied.

Je volgt vakken binnen een van de afstudeerrichtingen: Geschiedenis van de Filosofie, Theoretische Filosofie of Ethiek, Sociale en Politieke Filosofie. Ook volg je een vak waarin je leert om te schrijven voor een breder publiek.

Je studeert af op een grote scriptie (20 EC) waarin je je eigen filosofische onderzoek mag doen binnen een van de afstudeerrichtingen. Hiervoor krijg je begeleiding van twee docenten.

Je kunt de opleiding in zowel voltijd als deeltijd volgen.

More about this programme
  • Programme movie

    – Programme movie
  • Testimonial of Marco Gomboso

    Each professor is devoted to every discussion

    In August 2015, I came to Groningen from Buenos Aires to start a Master in Philosophy at the UG. One of the things I appreciate most here is the fact that each professor is devoted to every discussion with true interest, putting their minds and passion in relation to authentic philosophical enquiry.

    The philosophical interests I have may differ a lot from the ones my fellow students have. This is not a problem: Groningen philosophy students are given freedom and are encouraged to follow their own interests, teachers offer advice and flexibility. You may start doing courses that will broaden your knowledge about certain areas or authors, and then focus in what your intellectual appetite is calling for.

    It is likely that you will meet people with similar interests very soon in Groningen, even if they study at a different Faculty. The city functions as an exchange field of information, connections, friendship and ideas: because of its medium size and its high amount of students you will receive a lot of unexpected interesting stimulus, not necessarily in relation to your academic background, which may inspire you.

    Even though you can speak English thanks to the fact that almost every Dutch person knows it very well as a second language, it’s worthwhile to pay some attention to the Dutch language. It has beautiful words that you may fall in love with. ‘Wijsbegeerte’ (a traditional way of saying Philosophy in Dutch), which can be translated, just like Philosophy, as “desire for wisdom”.

    Close
    – Marco Gomboso
  • Testimonial of Anna Herngreen

    In het beleidsadvies heb ik veel aan de manier van denken die ik in mijn studie filosofie heb kunnen oefenen

    Na mijn bachelor sociologie heb ik de switch gemaakt naar filosofie en ben ik afgestudeerd op het Groningse aardbevingendossier. Rond mijn afstuderen werd mij via via een vacature onder de neus geschoven en had ik vrijwel direct een baan – binnen twee maanden zat ik in Den Haag achter een bureau. In het beleidsadvies en procesmanagement heb ik veel aan de manier van denken die ik in mijn filosofiestudie heb kunnen oefenen: kwesties kritisch ontrafelen, analyseren en weer in elkaar puzzelen.

    Close
    – Anna Herngreen
  • Testimonial of Lisa Smit

    Ik houd me bezig met grote maatschappelijke thema's

    Na mijn stage bij het Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken solliciteerde ik voor het Rijkstraineeprogramma. Sindsdien werk ik bij het Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid, waar ik me nu vooral richt op internationaal armoedebeleid. Als ambtenaar stel ik kritische vragen en houd ik me bezig met rechtvaardigheid en verantwoordelijkheid.

    In het dagelijks werk overleg ik vaak met collega's en ben ik op werkbezoek bij maatschappelijke organisaties. Verder schrijf ik veel: dat kan bijvoorbeeld een beleidsadvies aan de staatssecretaris of minister zijn. 

    Het verbaast me nog steeds hoeveel bewegingsruimte je hebt als ambtenaar. Ook als beleid eenmaal ontwikkeld is, is het belangrijk om in de uitvoering kritisch te blijven en iedere keuze goed te kunnen beargumenteren. Verder houd ik me bezig met grote maatschappelijke thema's, zoals radicalisering, laaggeletterdheid en armoede. Dat vind ik het leukst aan mijn werk. Werken bij de Rijksoverheid raad ik filosofen van harte aan!

    Close
    – Lisa Smit
  • Programme movie

    – Programme movie
  • Testimonial of Gili Yaron

    They managed to make even the most abstract philosophical material come to life with their enthusiasm

    One of the things I liked best about studying philosophy in Groningen is the lively faculty culture. During my years at the Faculty I made dear friends, took part in many different student activities, and learned a lot about organization, logistics and management by participating in several committees. I remember fondly the many easy conversations with lecturers and researchers who were always approachable and interested.

    I feel I learned most from our detailed discussions of my questions and papers, and they managed to make even the most abstract philosophical material come to life with their enthusiasm.

    In particular the Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy department’s focus on the relevance of philosophy to every day practice (and vice versa) strongly appealed to me. I already gained access to a broad theoretical landscape during my studies, but having gained this department’s skill of questioning and critiquing seemingly evident and mundane aspects of everyday life is most valuable to my current research.

    After my studies and graduation in Groningen (Master thesis Philosophy 2009, cum laude) and having spent one more year teaching at the same Faculty of Philosophy, I went to the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University to work on my dissertation. My research project ‘Facing one’s Loss of Face’, part of Dr. Jenny Slatman’s NWO - funded (VIDI) research program ‘Bodily Integrity in Blemished Bodies’, deals with identity and bodily experience in facially disfigured people.

    Close
    – Gili Yaron
  • Testimonial of Marco Gomboso

    Each professor is devoted to every discussion

    In August 2015, I came to Groningen from Buenos Aires to start a Master in Philosophy at the UG. One of the things I appreciate most here is the fact that each professor is devoted to every discussion with true interest, putting their minds and passion in relation to authentic philosophical enquiry.

    The philosophical interests I have may differ a lot from the ones my fellow students have. This is not a problem: Groningen philosophy students are given freedom and are encouraged to follow their own interests, teachers offer advice and flexibility. You may start doing courses that will broaden your knowledge about certain areas or authors, and then focus in what your intellectual appetite is calling for.

    It is likely that you will meet people with similar interests very soon in Groningen, even if they study at a different Faculty. The city functions as an exchange field of information, connections, friendship and ideas: because of its medium size and its high amount of students you will receive a lot of unexpected interesting stimulus, not necessarily in relation to your academic background, which may inspire you.

    Even though you can speak English thanks to the fact that almost every Dutch person knows it very well as a second language, it’s worthwhile to pay some attention to the Dutch language. It has beautiful words that you may fall in love with. ‘Wijsbegeerte’ (a traditional way of saying Philosophy in Dutch), which can be translated, just like Philosophy, as “desire for wisdom”.

    Close
    – Marco Gomboso
  • Programme movie

    – Programme movie
  • Testimonial of Marco Gomboso

    Each professor is devoted to every discussion

    In August 2015, I came to Groningen from Buenos Aires to start a Master in Philosophy at the UG. One of the things I appreciate most here is the fact that each professor is devoted to every discussion with true interest, putting their minds and passion in relation to authentic philosophical enquiry.

    The philosophical interests I have may differ a lot from the ones my fellow students have. This is not a problem: Groningen philosophy students are given freedom and are encouraged to follow their own interests, teachers offer advice and flexibility. You may start doing courses that will broaden your knowledge about certain areas or authors, and then focus in what your intellectual appetite is calling for.

    It is likely that you will meet people with similar interests very soon in Groningen, even if they study at a different Faculty. The city functions as an exchange field of information, connections, friendship and ideas: because of its medium size and its high amount of students you will receive a lot of unexpected interesting stimulus, not necessarily in relation to your academic background, which may inspire you.

    Even though you can speak English thanks to the fact that almost every Dutch person knows it very well as a second language, it’s worthwhile to pay some attention to the Dutch language. It has beautiful words that you may fall in love with. ‘Wijsbegeerte’ (a traditional way of saying Philosophy in Dutch), which can be translated, just like Philosophy, as “desire for wisdom”.

    Close
    – Marco Gomboso
Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Philosophy
Croho code
60822
Course type
Master
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Start
February, SeptemberFebruary, September
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Philosophy