1. A completed Bachelor´s degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines).
The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor´s programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10).
2. A proficiency in English
•A TOEFL score of >577 (paper based) or >233 (computer based) or >90 (internet based)
•An IELTS score of >6.5
•Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
The research Master’s in Philosophy prepares students to analyse complex issues logically and conceptually and teaches them the ability to document their conclusions in clear and persuasive language. The programme offers research seminars in the history of philosophy, continental philosophy and analytic philosophy. What’s more, there is a broad range of specialisations in Philosophical Anthropology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of mind, Philosophy of language and Logic, Philosophical Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy or the History of Philosophy.
The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen offers the entire range of philosophical disciplines. However, students enrolling in the Research Master´s programme are expected to choose one of the following specialisations:
Metaphysics and Epistemology
In Metaphysics and Epistemology you focus on the development of the hermeneutic tradition key figures being Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur and Derrida.
In Philosophical Anthropology you study the philosophical significance of psychoanalytical hermeneutics as developed by Freud and followers (Lacan, Klein, et. al.). Research focuses in particular on the phenomenological tradition (Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze and Butler).
In Philosophical Ethics you investigate the moral implications of human actions from the point of view of virtue ethics (Aristotle, MacIntyre), phenomenology (Heidegger, Levinas) and hermeneutics (Gadamer, Ricoeur). This section also runs an international Nietzsche research project.
Social and Political Philosophy
In Social and Political Philosophy you studythe political as an essential but conflict-ridden aspect of the human condition, and politics as a way of coping with this. Spinoza, Hobbes, Kant, Schmitt, Arendt, Zizek and Foucault are central figures in this specialization.
Philosophy of Language and Logic
Philosophy of Language and Logic involves the study of linguistic expressions such as words, sentences, texts and dialogues, where the emphasis is on the context in which these expressions are being interpreted.
Philosophy of Mind
In Philosophy of Mind and Science you study problems such as mental causation, phenomenal consciousness and the nature of mental state attribution from the viewpoint of neurophenomenenology and the embodied embedded cognition paradigm.
History of Philosophy
In History of Philosophy you explorethe development of natural philosophy and metaphysics from the late Middle Ages to early modern and modern times, investigating, in particular the evolution of the sciences of psychology and physics from philosophy.
More than 60 percent of our graduates have obtained a PhD position in the Netherlands or abroad. Other graduates have found employment in politics, administration, journalism and education.
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