In principle students follow a 120 credits programme:
- the compulsory course Developing and Writing Research Proposals in Philosophy (6 credits; taught in English);
- five research seminars (10 credits each) from the above list;
- a master’s dissertation (24 credits) which is written in English;
- 40 credits advanced optional courses.
These advanced optional courses are taken from the standard master’s programmes in philosophy of the participating universities. Some of them are taught in English, some in Dutch.
Students with a standard (i.e. not research oriented) master’s degree in philosophy or moral sciences can obtain the research master’s degree through a 60 credit programme:
- the course on research proposals,
- three research seminars, and
- the master’s dissertation.
The structure of the programme is such that, while students with sufficient command of Dutch have a wider choice of advanced optional courses, the degree can be obtained by following only courses that are taught in English. As indicated above, the language of instruction of the core activities (the compulsory course, the research seminars and the dissertation) is English. All details about the programme can be found at: www.researchmasterinphilosophy.be/home/programme/.
The programme prepares students for a research career in philosophy. Students are encouraged to apply for pre-doctoral fellowships - e.g. with the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) or the research councils of the participating universities - with their own research proposal. Students should also apply for doctoral positions with a predetermined research project that falls within their area of expertise. Such positions are regularly advertised in academic newsletters and email-lists.