The Philosophy programme is built on the idea that general knowledge acquisition and understanding comes before specialist orientation.
The first-year curriculum contains a number of faculty-wide general course units. Together, they provide a broad framework for acquiring a basic understanding of the Humanities. Four main modules contain the curriculum’s programme-specific course units: Logic, Knowledge and Science; Man, Ethics and Aesthetics; History and Text; and Skills and Methodology, respectively. The three-year Bachelor’s programme has room for methodological course units in which you will acquaint yourself with general and philosophy-specific research skills such as researching and assessing information, formulating research questions and critically reading texts relevant to your research question, elaborating and presenting your findings in writing (and orally).
From the second year onwards, the curriculum works towards a more in-depth and specific study of Philosophy. The four main modules described above remain in place, but the focus shifts to more practical applications of philosophical insights and to textual studies. A choice of minors offers an indispensable acquaintance with non-philosophical course units, staggered over the second and third year. Moreover, the minor can sometimes give access to other Master’s programmes (after completing a preparatory programme or abridged Bachelor’s programme). In the third year, the skills that you acquire throughout the Bachelor’s programme culminate in the Bachelor’s paper: a written research assignment on a topic chosen in consultation with your supervisor.
Specialization continues in the Master’s programme through a choice of Philosophy electives and non-philosophical course units on the one hand, and through the Master’s dissertation. The set of Philosophy electives are all specialist course units and for a large part based on ongoing doctoral research in our Department. These are best chosen in line with your Master’s dissertation topic. Distinguished students can also choose to apply for the two-year interuniversity Philosophy Research Programme.
In addition to the (domain) Master’s programme described above, you can also choose a Master’s Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master) (120 ECTS-credits).