• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Is the world the way we think it is? What do we know? How can we distinguish between good and bad? Right and wrong? No matter what answers you give to these questions, they will depend on – and shape – a philosophical conception. In studying Philosophy at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will learn the meaning and the implications of questions like these. 
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Following the new B.A. Philosophy programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will make you an independent thinker:You will learn not only about the fundamental questions of philosophy, but also about the relationship between philosophy, science and society.

 You will be trained to think critically about all the aspects of philosophical issues, both the fundamental theoretical aspects (logic, epistemology, theory of science) and the practical and societal (ethics, politics, theory of society). 

The programme is for ambitious students who want to understand the world and make it a better place. Philosophy is not only a field of knowledge and a key element of our culture, but also a useful tool: as you study philosophy you develop specific skills, such as critical thinking, analysing and evaluating texts, constructing an argumentation and responding to objections. 

The Philosophy programme is designed to offer you all the necessary courses for acquiring a solid preparation in philosophy and for developing competences that are essential to philosophy, but are also very much sought after on the job market.

Career prospects

  • Philosophy offers a genuine preparation and support for any job; by studying with us you develop skills which are essential to philosophy, but are also valued by a broad range of potential employers. Philosophy consists in uncovering and critically assessing the implicit presuppositions in a text or argument. You will develop the essential skills of analysis and critical evaluation. 
  • In addition, you will learn how to write academic texts and how to present and defend your views in oral presentations. Well-regarded statistical studies have shown that, among students of the humanities, philosophers have a high chance of finding a job. As a philosophy graduate, you can apply for positions such as (ethical) advisor or policy officer at a government ministry or a hospital, but also as an editor, journalist or teacher.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Diversifying Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • History of Analytic Philosophy

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be asked to sit (an) entry exam(s) to prove they are eligible for admission. 
  • yAlthough complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8796 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8796 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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