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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

The Research Master Philosophy offers you the opportunity to work with leading scholars in the history of philosophy, practical philosophy and theoretical philosophy (see staff pages). It prepares you for an academic career, but also teaches useful skills for other jobs.

The programme offers a core curriculum on philosophical problems related to ongoing research in the faculty, as well as many opportunities to pursue your own interests.
Our personal approach makes the Faculty a wonderful place to study, and our programme is consistently ranked highly by independent assessors. (Read about it here.)
The Master's programme in Philosophy is offered both on a full-time and part-time basis.

Waarom aan de RUG?

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Results of the National Student Assessment (NSE) have shown that our students are very satisfied with the contents of our programmes and that they value the expertise of our teaching staff.


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1e jaar The first year involves four 'core issue' courses of 5 EC each. These relate to core research interests of our staff, such as Kantian ethics, methods in the history of philosophy, and the problem of induction.

You also choose three specialization courses of 10 EC each. At least two of these should normally be in your area of specialization (history of philosophy, theoretical philosophy or ethics, social and political philosophy).
Core Issues I-II
10 EC
Specialization I
10 EC
Research in practice I
10 EC
Specialization II
10 EC
Core Issues III-IV
10 EC
Specialization III
10 EC
2e jaar In the first semester, Dutch students go abroad. International students can do this too, but are not required to go abroad. It is up to you which courses you pick during this period (30 EC).

The second semester consists of writing a thesis (25 EC), and Research in Practice 2 (5 EC), which involves training in writing a research proposal for application to PhD programmes.
Term abroad
30 EC
Research in practice II
5 EC
RM thesis
25 EC


specialisatie Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

specialisatie History of Philosophy

specialisatie Theoretical Philosophy


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
40% theorie
literature study, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, workshop, individual assignment, self study, seminar
By studying philosophy, you develop analytic rigor and the ability to reason in a logically sound way. It greatly improves your reading skills and it allows you to critically scrutinize vague concepts, tacit assumptions, loose argumentation, and widely shared preconceptions that we encounter in everyday life. The programme allows you to obtain comprehensive philosophical knowledge, insight and skills and it prepares you for the profession of scientific researcher.
study guidance
The programme provides a great deal of study support. Small-scale classes and a friendly, informal setting stimulate contact between our staff and students. Each student is assigned a tutor that counsels the student on the choices of the individual study programme. Our international officer provides general information for international students and she also helps students to arrange the term abroad.
If you have any questions or problems you can always consult the study advisor. A study advisor can provide more detailed information about our programmes. He also monitors your study progress. You can also contact the study advisor in case of personal problems that affect your study performance. Students can make an appointment or drop by during consultation hours.

study abroad
Study abroad is required for Dutch students
honours-/excellence program Honours College

The Honours College offers talented and motivated master students the opportunity to follow a programme of 15 ECTS in addition to the Master's degree programme.

The Honours programme of the master focuses on the theme of 'leadership'.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 november 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Dutch students wishing to apply for this programme, please submit your application (including all required documents) to: , visit and follow the application instructions.

Please note that application deadlines and entry requirements are based on the type of diploma (do you have a Dutch diploma or a non-Dutch diploma?), not on your nationality.


All applicants have to register in Studielink

After registering in Studielink, Dutch students send their application files to: (Ms Janine Weeting);

International students upload their application files in the Online Application System

Full information about documents required

Full information about all steps involved in the application procedure (including assessment) for Dutch students

Full information about all steps involved in the application procedure (including assessment) for international students

COVID-19 crisis

Please find University of Groningen Corona information and view our corona web page to find out if any Faculty specific adaptations apply.


Once we have received your application and all required documents, the admissions board will evaluate your file. Applicants may subsequently be invited for an interview (possibly via Skype). In any case, you will hear from us no later than one month after the application deadline (see below).

Academic transcript: We expect applicants to have a mean score of at least 7.5 for relevant courses (corresponding roughly to an A-/B+ in the US system) If the programme involved a thesis, it also must have received at least an 8.

Proof of English proficiency: you will need to prove your proficiency in English by means of one of the following tests (the test cannot be older than two years):

  • IELTS, minimum overall score 7.0 with no band lower than 6.5
  • TOEFL 100 (section scores Reading 22, Listening 22, Speaking 26, Writing 24)

Please ask the ETS to send us the test score report using institution code 7191.
This requirement does not apply if you:
  • are a native speaker and completed secondary education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia
  • have completed your bachelor education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia

We expect a Bachelor's degree in philosophy or philosophy of a specific scientific discipline, or a degree which the admissions board considers to be equivalent.

reference letter
Two reference letters: these letters should be written by instructors who know the student and should describe the student's past performance and academic promise.

Motivation letter: the student should explain why he or she wishes to take part in our programme and what he or she expects from it.

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


21 studenten volgen deze opleiding
48% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2017
?% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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STUFF is the social network of all philosophy students of the University of Groningen.
STUFF organizes philosophical activities, like lectures and debates and trips to foreign universities as well as many social happenings such as monthly meetings at a local café, (theme) parties, competitions etc.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Wouter Wiersma
I enrolled for the Research Master to find out whether an academic career could be something for me

Before I started this master, I completed a BA Economics and a BA Philosophy of a Specific Discipline, both at the UG. It was during this second BA that I came to enjoy Philosophy so much that I could imagine to pursue an academic career. The reason I enrolled for the Research Master is to find out whether such a career could be something for me. I will share some of my thoughts about the Master programme.The Research Master is build up around four mandatory Core Issues courses and a set of elective courses that you can choose from depending upon your own research interests...
Our faculty has three departments, History of Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy, and Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy. As my research interests fall under the latter department, I chose my electives within this department. However, you do not have to pick courses that fall within your specific department of specialization, you can also combine courses from the History department with let’s say the Theoretical department.Get familiar with research activities that go on at a universityBesides the coursework, the programme offers you the opportunity to participate in academic events such as seminars in which faculty members discuss their own research. There are also a variety of reading groups that you can participate in. I experienced all of this as a good way to get familiar with the research activities that go on at a university. Part of the programme is to spend a semester abroad (this is mandatory for Dutch students). Wouter started the Research Master in Philosophy in September 2018.

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Kritika Maheshwari
This programme prepares you for the next academic phase in every way.

While pursuing my Bachelor of Science in India, I noticed that when I did experiments I liked it better to explain what I did and why, than the practice itself. That's when I decided to switch to philosophy and pursued a Master's in Birmingham.
Before deciding to come here, I participated in the Philosophy Winter School last year. I would advise everyone to do this as it is a good introduction to the Faculty.
Efthymis Panourgias
What could be better than the University of Groningen?

Before coming in Groningen I worked as a teacher of philosophy and Greek literature in secondary education in Greece. Continuing my studies in Philosophy was something that I wanted to do, since I finished my studies at the Philosophy department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. I wanted to expand my horizons and get in contact with new ways of thinking and working. Hence, I decided to follow a programme abroad...
First of all, the programme is a very high level and competitive one, with a variety of subjects from almost all areas of philosophy. Secondly, it consists in high skilled, experienced, and specialized personnel. The very fact that it hosts a large group of PhD students and post-docs is a strong indication that it is a very active faculty in terms of research with a strong presence in the philosophical domain. What is more, the fact that there are regular colloquia and seminars organized, gives everyone the opportunity to present their research and discuss it with their colleagues. I think that this is very important for the prosperity and the progress of everyone individually and of the Faculty in total. I shouldn't omit to mention the extra-curricular activities, such as reading groups, which are regularly organised just for the sheer interest and engagement with a topic.Family atmosphereAs for the atmosphere among the students and the teachers, I found it more relaxed and friendly than I was used to. The very fact that it is an independent Faculty gives it the leverage of a family atmosphere. The teachers are easily accessible and cooperative, while there is a good communication among the fellow students. What makes the whole atmosphere more comfortable and pleasant is the Kantine in which everyone gathers to have their lunch, relax and talk.Language and cultural differencesNevertheless, there are quite a few difficulties that one faces by their arrival in Groningen. Even though both the University and the Faculty give a warm welcoming, and there is a general willingness to help on several levels, there are some objective difficulties that one has to face. Language and cultural differences are the most important ones. It is true that it takes time to adjust to the cultural differences and get used to speaking and talking in a foreign language. However, it is a minor obstacle that can be easily surpassed.Bureaucratic issues: do some research beforehandThe search for accommodation and the bureaucratic issues that one has to deal with before and during staying in Groningen, are quite easily resolved. However, one must take care of them quite some time before arrival. Especially accommodation must be catered for before arrival due to the fact that the demand for housing is bigger than the offer. An easy and safe solution is staying during the first period in one of the student houses which are administered by the Housing Office. As for the bureaucratic issues (enrolment at the municipality hall, health insurance, bank account etc.), it is advisable to do some research beforehand as to what is required. I shouldn't fail to mention that I had quite some help from the Faculty and some fellow students.Groningen: great chances for new experiencesGroningen is mainly characterized by its student life, since the RUG is a big university. Hence, it is the perfect place for someone to meet new people from different countries and cultural backgrounds from all over the world. Especially for someone easy-going, it is not difficult to make new friends and socialize a lot. Combined with the fact that Groningen is a city with a variety of options concerning entertainment and cultural events, I think that it offers great chances for new experiences. Even though it is considered a remote area within the Netherlands, it is a lively city with many facilities for almost every taste and an easy access to several places around Central and Northern Europe.I am following the Research Master programme with a specialization in ancient metaphysics and epistemology (Plato and Aristotle). After the end of my studies at the Faculty of Philosophy I intend to continue research in my area of interest.

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Ingrid Pendaries
I immediately felt at home

After having finished my Bachelor Degree at the Université de Toulouse Le Mirail in France, I felt the deep need to explore new horizons, be they cultural or philosophical. Groningen was a great place for me to do so. I easily found a room in a student house through the Housing Office. Living in such a place has not only allowed me to quickly become fluent in English, but also to make great Dutch and international friends...
I was also glad to see the freedom of thought and the genuine interest that was given to my work. The Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen is supported by a team of dedicated professionals, as they manage to make time and to properly advise each student.Variety of lecturesI would even say that the Faculty of Philosophy stands out from other faculties because of its internal dynamics and variety of lectures and seminars. I remember specifically, that in June 2011, I went to a conference given by Peter Singer. It was quite an epiphany for me. I read The Life You Can Save and Animal Liberation in the week that followed, and that is when I realized how Practical Ethics are of central importance to me.ResearchI then deepened my knowledge of the subject and was given the opportunity to express my views on Animal Ethics through my papers, a topic so dear to me. Moreover, it is during the time I spent in Groningen that I experienced the implications of long term research, especially through the elaboration and support of my Master’s thesis. I learned to appropriately use scientific data and fundamental philosophical opinions needed for researching. The Faculty's teachers and supervisors have been, and still are, of inspiration to me regarding these accomplishments. That is why today, I am more than happy to continue in the Research Master's programme in Groningen to perfect my researching skills.Ingrid graduated with her research master's thesis: Veganism Light: The Feasibility of a Moral Ideal

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We have staff with diverse research interests, which allows students to follow their particular interest.

I'm in the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy. My research is in meta-ethics, which is about the nature of morality...

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Sabine van Enckevort
afgestudeerd in 2017
I got to present my papers at conferences in Berlin, Toronto and Nijmegen

This Research Master not only provides you with amazing reflexive and writing skills, but also allows you to get in touch with other philosophers in and outside of the Groningen department.After my Bachelor’s programme I wanted to continue to study medieval and early modern philosophers. This is why I decided to do this 2-year, English-taught Research Master programme, a selective programme for those who want to pursue an academic career...
This programme stimulated me to become an active member of the department and eventually even opened the door for me becoming a PhD student.Since the male-female ratio in academia is still out of balance, I would hope to see more young female philosophers to join this great programme and to become part of the department, which, I think, forms a challenging and at the same time friendly community.

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Social and Political Philosophy
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Metaphysics and Epistemology
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Philosophical Anthropology
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Philosophy of Mind
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History of Philosophy
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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The Research Master in philosophy prepares you to do a PhD in philosophy, but it also provides vital skills for other jobs where research and presentation skills are needed, such as journalism, government work, consultancy, publishing, and education.

For those who want to pursue an academic career in philosophy, Groningen offers many opportunities. We reserve two PhD places per year for students who have completed our own Research Master, and offer several additional places for both internal and external applicants. Furthermore, the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen is very successful at securing research grants, which fund many additional PhD and postdoc positions.

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Admissions Office

For questions about admission

Janine Weeting MSc

Study advisor

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