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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Bachelor in Philosophy programme will do much more than introduce you to the highly sought-after skills of logic, critical thinking and close reading. Structuring your own quest for truth, the programme will help you to orient your thoughts about the world that we are living in, and it will also teach you to use philosophical skills in analysing contemporary scientific and societal debates.
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Ever thought what’s behind the subtle reasoning of Herman Van Rompuy, the former President of the European Council? A bachelor's degree in philosophy from Leuven, in the heart of Europe! An ideal basis for further studies in philosophy at Leuven or further afield, or as a launch pad for an exciting professional career in related fields such as law, economics and medicine. 

The aim of the BA programme is to provide a thorough, broad and comprehensive historical and systematic education in philosophy. At the same time, the programme seeks to provide students with the research skills required for successful written and verbal expression in philosophy. You’ll also learn to use philosophical skills in analysing contemporary societal debates. 

The Institute of Philosophy offers a comprehensive range of BA, MA, Research Master and PhD degrees, all taught in English. Viewed collectively, our undergraduate and post-graduate degrees aim to familiarise students with the history of philosophy as well as with contemporary movements in analytic and continental philosophy so that they are able to engage with the fundamental areas of philosophical research. The Institute of Philosophy is proud to offer its students a broad philosophical education and a wide range of courses and seminars, as well as personalised study support and guidance.

Programme outline

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at KU Leuven is a three-year programme  divided into 3 components:

  • Core Courses will provide you with the necessary knowledge of the history of philosophy and expound on the key philosophical themes and concepts.
  • Seminars will teach you how to read and analyse texts closely, as well as offer well-structured presentations, and write philosophical papers.
  • Electives, which also include non-philosophical courses, will stimulate your broader interests and encourage interdisciplinarity.

An important part of the programme is the Bachelor’s Paper with Seminar, a course in which you’ll learn to research and write a more extended piece of philosophical scholarship.

Advanced Placement

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a three-year programme (180 ECTS credits) but students with some university-level education may be eligible to apply for admission with advanced placement. Students with a BA degree in a field other than philosophy and no academic background in philosophy are recommended to apply to the one-year Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy abridged programme (60 ECTS credits). 

Career perspectives

Graduates in philosophy go on to careers in many different sectors, including business, civil service, politics, education, publishing, media, the socio-cultural sector, journalism, academia ...

Many employers seek candidates who are not only well grounded in a specific field, but are also able to handle the diverse challenges arising in a fast-paced workplace. Graduates in philosophy are well positioned to think clearly and respond effectively in the workplace.

The Bachelor of Philosophy is offered at KU Leuven.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Basic philosophical courses

  • Logic
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics

Historical philosophical courses

  • Historical Introduction to Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy: Ancient Philosophy
  • Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy: Medieval Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy: Modern Philosophy I & II
  • Phenomenology and Contemporary Continental Philosophy

Research skills

  • Research and Writing in Philosophy
  • Philosophy and the Contemporary World
  • Bachelor's Paper with Seminar


  • Texts from the History of Philosophy: Seminar
  • Philosophical Anthropology: Seminar
  • Elective Seminars

Religion and meaning

  • European Perspectives on Religion and Meaning


Applicants for the BA programme should possess intellectual curiosity, a strong interest in questions of meaning, a capacity for abstract and conceptual thinking as well as a critical capacity to examine one’s own presuppositions and views.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • For admission to this programme, the general admission requirements for a Bachelor's programme apply.
  • KU Leuven may admit candidates who have obtained a degree or certificate in a country outside of the European Union, which is not deemed equivalent. This is only possible on the condition that this document gives admission to a Bachelor's programme in the country where it has been awarded, comparable to a Flemish Bachelor's degree, and on the condition that the degree of certificate in question is authenticated. These applicants file their application with the International Admissions and Mobility Unit.

For more information on admission requirements, visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.




  • Central bilateral agreements - Grants for Phd students and staff
  • FWO Research Funding
  • DBOF - PhD Scholarships
  • F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
  • AXA Research Fund


  • Roger Dillemans Fund
  • Coimbra group Scholarships programme for young researchers and professors from Latin America
  • Coimbra Group Hospitality Scheme (Ukraine and Balkans)
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young Researchers from European Neighbouring Countries
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young African researchers
  • Erasmus Mundus Partnerships

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