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Are you a talented philosophy student, wishing to pursue an academic career in philosophy? The Research Master programme in Groningen is your entrance key to the world of research in philosophy.
The programme provides you with the opportunity to develop your research interests and skills in one of the leading Philosophy programmes in continental Europe. Distinguishing aspects of this degree are its interdisciplinary approach and an emphasis on analytical skills. The programme consists of two years, including coursework, the writing of the thesis and of a research proposal.
This proposal can later be used to apply for a PhD position. At the start of the degree you will choose a specialization in History of Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy or Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy. For the courses, you will focus on subjects within your chosen domain. You will get an overview of the central debates within this domain and learn to situate them in a wider context. You will learn to analyze complex arguments and to formulate your own views on philosophical problems and debates.
If you are a non-EU national (from a country outside of the European Union), extra requirements may apply
Research Master's graduates often go on to do a PhD in philosophy. Other areas in which our students find work are education, journalism, the media, publishing, politics and policymaking.
* 1st year The core curriculum of this Master consists of three courses devoted to philosophical methods and texts. The aim is to familiarize with pivotal texts in different areas of philosophy and to develop skills in different styles and methods. Each department offers four to six courses. You choose three courses within their own area of specialization and one from the other two areas. Each department offers tutorials on a particular subject. These tutorials are open to Research Master students only.
* 2nd year The thesis constitutes the culmination of the Research Master programme. It contains two parts: (i) an independent, publishable article (25 EC) , and (ii) a project proposal (5EC).
Specialisations / Tracks
* History of Philosophy (specialization)
* Moral and Political Philosophy (specialization)
* Logic, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (specialization)
Courses year 1
* Core Issues (15 EC)
* Philosophical classics (10 EC)
* Specialization courses (20 EC)
* Research in practice I (5 EC)
* Elective (5 EC)
* Seminar (5 EC)
Courses year 2
* Research in practice II (5 EC)
* Term abroad (30 EC)
* RM thesis (25 EC)
* Study abroad is required
* Maximum of 30 EC
Term abroad is required only for Dutch students
The university is committed to recognizing excellence in academic achievement through offering a number of scholarships for international students and researchers. Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelors, Masters and PhD programmes, as well as for exchanges, short courses and research stays at our university.
Besides scholarships awarded by the University of Groningen, a number of grants awarded by the Dutch government, the EU and (inter)national organizations, such as World Bank or the Ford Foundation, can be used for study or research at the University of Groningen as well.
Accredited by the Dutch Government