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About us

One of the best places in Europe to do philosophy

Widely regarded as one of the best places to study philosophy in Europe, the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen offers two bachelor programmes; six master programmes, including a one-year MSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), a two-year Research Master, and a one-year Master Philosophy and Society. Our degree programmes have consistently been ranked as belonging to the top in the Netherlands and are home to around 450 students every year. Research areas include philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, ethics, political philosophy, and the history of philosophy.

Two NWO Spinoza Prize laureates

The highest distinction in Dutch Academia, the Spinoza Prize, has been awarded to Professor of Ethics and its History Pauline Kleingeld in 2020, and to Professor of the History of Philosophy Lodi Nauta in 2016.

Main entrance of the Faculty of Philosophy
Main entrance of the Faculty of Philosophy

An inspiring, friendly and collegial community

Located in the historical centre of Groningen, the faculty is an internationally oriented community of researchers and teachers that welcomes students from all over the world to broaden and deepen their knowledge, and sharpen their skills in an inspiring, friendly and collegial setting.


Prof. dr. em. Jeanne Peijenburg wrote an article (in Dutch) about the history of the Faculty of Philosophy for the Philosophy Journal Tijdschrift voor Filosofie. It tells the story of how philosophy was taught in Groningen from the very beginning in 1614, the Faculty of Philosophy was only established in 1965, as the Centrale Interfaculteit ('Central Interfaculty''), indicating the connection of all scientific disciplines through philosophy and aiming for social responsibility training for all students.

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