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DDM Philosophy and Science

Every field of study raises a number of philosophical questions: about its foundations and methodology, its ethical and political implications, its connection with other disciplines, and its history.

Thinking about these questions gives you a deeper insight in your discipline, be it physics, medicine, psychology, history, arts, or any other field of study. This unique programme of 60 ECTS, combined with 60 ECTS from your initial master's, gives you an additional MA degree in the philosophy of your field.

This master's programme offers courses in the philosophy and history of science, a seminar linking philosophy with your initial master's programme, and tutorials in which you work with experts on the philosophy of your discipline. Additionally, the programme will regularly organize colloquia with experts working in the philosophy and history of science.

Students will join discussions and write reports that translate the scientific context to philosophical or public discourses. The master thesis will focus on a topic in the field of philosophy or history of your initial discipline. The programme will provide you with philosophical research and writing skills that will enhance both your level of expertise in your field and your thinking in general.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Philosophy
Course type
Double Degree master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60823
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Philosophy
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The Faculty of Philosophy is a home to researchers working at the very forefront of the philosophy and history of science. Staff members have hands-on experience in an exhaustive range of scientific and scholarly fields as well as a thorough knowledge of the philosophy and history of those fields of study.

On top of that, results of the National Student Assessment (NSE) show that our students are very satisfied with the contents of our programmes and that they highly value the expertise of our teaching staff. Small-scale classes and a friendly, informal setting enhance contacts between our staff and students. In reviews of the Keuzegids Universiteiten and in the Higher Education Review of Dutch University Faculties, our faculty is almost always rated number one by both students and professors year after year. It scored 3 times 'excellent' in the last assessment of philosophical research in the Netherlands.

Programme
Periods
Courses1234
Philosophy of Science (10 EC)
Philosophical writing (5 EC)
Tutorial 1 (5 EC)
Specialization towards disciplines (10 EC)
Periods
Courses1234
History of Science (10 EC)
Tutorial 2 (5 EC)
Thesis (15 EC)

Curriculum

The programme can be studied in one year, following the MA in your field of study or in some cases preceding it, or in two years, alongside the MA programme in your field of study.

In the two-year variant (shown in the course scheme), you follow a general philosophy of science course in the first semester, and a course that specialises towards the history and philosophy of your discipline, coupled to a course on writing skills, in the second. In your second year you follow a history of science course in the first semester. Over the year you follow two tutorials with experts in the philosophy of your field, and you write a thesis in the second semester.

In the one year variant, philosophy and history of science run parallel, and the specialization course, the writing skills course, and the thesis are done in the second semester. Tutorials can be planned anytime after the first quarter.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

To confirm sufficient language proficiency, please submit your results on one of the following language tests:

  • IELTS: at least 7.0 overall score with no band less than 6.5;
  • TOEFL: at least 100 overall score, with section scores being at least 22 for Reading, 26 for Speaking, and 24 for Writing.

This requirement does not apply if you are a native speaker and have completed your secondary education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia; or if you have completed your bachelor education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia.

other admission requirements

To study this programme you need to have completed an academic BA programme, and be accepted for a MA programme, currently study a MA programme, or else have completed a MA programme.

If you have completed or are following a MA programme at a university outside of the Netherlands, please contact our study advisor via fil-study-advisor rug.nl to get instructions in order to have your MA programme recognized as to be of sufficient quality to be part of this Double Degree. When doing so, please submit a copy of your MA degree along with your email. If the programme is judged as to be of sufficient quality to be part of this programme, you will only do the 60 EC philosophy part to obtain your Double Degree.

Registration procedure

Please note: this programme has a different name in Studielink, which is: Philosophy (120). You are also asked to select a specific track, based on your other master's programme. Please contact our study advisor Janine Weeting (fil-study-advisor rug.nl) to find out which track goes with your programme.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

To confirm sufficient language proficiency, please submit your results on one of the following language tests:

  • IELTS: at least 7.0 overall score with no band less than 6.5;
  • TOEFL: at least 100 overall score, with section scores being at least 22 for Reading, 26 for Speaking, and 24 for Writing.

This requirement does not apply if you are a native speaker and have completed your secondary education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia; or if you have completed your bachelor education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia.

other admission requirements

To study this programme you need to have completed an academic BA programma, and be accepted for a MA programme, currently study a MA programme, or else have completed a MA programme.

If you have completed or are following a MA programme at a university outside of the Netherlands, please contact our study advisor via fil-study-advisor rug.nl to get instructions in order to have your MA programme recognized as to be of sufficient quality to be part of this Double Degree. When doing so, please submit a copy of your MA degree along with your email. If the programme is judged as to be of sufficient quality to be part of this programme, you will only do the 60 EC philosophy part to obtain your Double Degree.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band7
TOEFL internet based100

Registration procedure

Please note: this programme has a different name in Studielink, which is: Philosophy (120). You are also asked to select a specific track, based on your other master's programme. Please contact our study advisor Janine Weeting (fil-study-advisor) to find out which track goes with your programme.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 September 202001 September 2020
01 September 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 April 202001 September 2020
01 April 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

There are numerous opportunities for students who can combine scientific or scholarly expertise with an ability to reflect on their disciplinary background. They are good at identifying key issues in their field, and they have learnt to analyze problems sharply and clearly. They have strong communicative skills, a critical attitude, and awareness of the fundamental starting points of scientific and scholarly research.

All of these skills are highly valuable for students who aim for a research career in their respective discipline, or indeed in the history and philosophy of their discipline. But the very same skills are of great value in education and policy making, or in any other sphere in which scientific knowledge is evaluated and put to use.

Job examples

  • Policy making
  • Consultancy working on the intersection of science and policy
  • Management consultancy
  • Journalism
  • PhD in your field of study or in a philosophy-related subject
  • Think tank, research company
Research

Excellent, world leading philosophy research

In the Faculty of Philosophy, interdisciplinarity is not a mere buzz word but a living reality. Many of the faculty members have a background in a scientific discipline, and carry out research on the intersection of these disciplines and philosophy. This includes experts in psychology, physics, history, neuroscience, economics, sociology, linguistics, AI, statistics, medicine, and political science.

In general, philosophical research in Groningen has a strong reputation, witnessing the excellent marks it has received for many years from international assessment committees. In the most recent assessment, the research done in Groningen was judged to be “excellent / world leading”. The Faculty of Philosophy prides itself in an international orientation, and in a lively intellectual exchange among the departments, and between its departments and those of other, scientific or scholarly, faculties.

The research in Groningen covers a wide area, and it is carried out in three departments: History of Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy and Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy. In addition, the Faculty is home of the Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). Read more about research of the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen.

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme DDM Philosophy and Science, please contact:

  • Admissions Office (For questions about admission)
    Email: phil.ma.admission rug.nl
    Telephone: +31 50 363 8004
  • Janine Weeting (Study advisor for Philosophy master's programmes)
    Email: fil-study-advisor rug.nl