• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Programme overview

The Bachelor's programme in Philosophy, Politics and Society focuses on the defining issues of the 21st century from a variety of perspectives. This programme coordinates with other faculties, allowing you to take a multidisciplinary approach to your studies.

Your first year consists of a series of systematic introductory courses. In your second and third years, you tailor your curriculum to those global issues in which you are most interested. This programme also includes our 'At the Borders of Europe' minor, which combines policy related courses with fieldwork in Cairo, Rome, Athens, St. Petersburg, and Rabat.

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What will you learn?

  • Gain a theoretical background in political philosophy, ethics, metaphysics and philosophical anthropology
  • For each theme, you will examine a combination of key historical philosophical texts, contemporary thinkers, and empirical cases.

  • This programme gives you the academic skills to pursue a Master's programme in philosophy


A combination of a PPS Bachelor's and a Master's tailored to your interest gives you access to a variety of fields and professions. Your studies will be an excellent preparation for a career in policy analysis, journalism, politics, consultancy, public administration, or government. For your future employers, think of:

  • Local, national, and international governments
  • Businesses varying from start-ups to multinationals
  • NGOs and charity organizations
  • Media organizations
  • Think tanks and institutes for policy analysis
  • Education and academic research

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethics and Its Contemporary Challenges
  • Political Philosophy in the 20th and 21st Century
  • Theories of Knowledge
  • New Ontologies for Mutable Worlds
  • History of Philosophy
  • The History of Ancient Philosophy
  • The History of Medieval Philosophy
  • The History of Modern Philosophy
  • The History of Contemporary Philosophy

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • If you have completed, or are about to complete, a study programme outside of the Netherlands, then your diploma will be assessed on an individual basis. Depending on your diploma, you may receive requests for further information during the application procedure.
  • English language requirements:
  • A Dutch VWO diploma;
  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma (diploma programme)
  • A European Baccalaureate Diploma, with English Language 2 or English Language 1
  • An American High School Diploma
  • GCE A-Levels
  • A diploma equivalent to, or higher than the Dutch VWO diploma, where the language of instruction has been English, obtained at an institution in an EU/EEA member state

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8342 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8342 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 Nijmegen

  • 800 - 1000 EUR/month
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