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  MA in Philosophy (research)


Radboud University    Philosophy, Theology and Religion

Full time September, February MA 2 years full time
Anthropology (2) Philosophy (28)

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Embark on a fascinating journey into the realm of philosophical research with our prestigious MA in Philosophy (research) programme. Ranked as the Best Programme in the Keuzegids Masters 2018, this highly-regarded programme offers a wide range of specialisations to suit your interests. Dive into the captivating worlds of History of Philosophy, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophical Ethics, Philosophy of Language and Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion, or Social and Political Philosophy. To join this programme, you need an internationally recognised BA degree in Philosophy or a related discipline, along with a strong command of English. Unleash your intellectual curiosity and unlock the secrets of the philosophical realm with us.

About the course

Philosophical research is work that requires intense and extensive training. When you pursue a career in academic philosophy the ideal place to acquire that training is our Research Master in Philosophy. The programme offers eight specialisations and was ranked Best Programme in the Keuzegids Masters 2018.

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Entry Requirements

You must have obtained an internationally recognised BA degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline. In the latter case, you must have acquired at least 60 EC in philosophical disciplines.

Your weighted grade-point average in philosophy in the second and third year of your Bachelor's degree studies must be the equivalent of at least 7.5

In order to take part in this programme, a sufficient level of English proficiency is required. Language proficiency can be proven via certain diplomas, or by successfully completing an accepted language test.


Fees

The legal tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is €2.530,- and is applicable to EU/EEA, Swiss or Surinamese students who have not yet obtained a Master’s degree in the Netherlands. Our tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is 17,470 euros.

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Student Profiles

Shaun Tan

The Research Master's program at Radboud is structured such that there is optimum interaction with one's supervisors, lecturers, and fellow students. Sharing of perspectives is vital to one's learning and development, and is especially pertinent in the field of Philosophy.

During these past six months, I have had the opportunity to meet other students from different backgrounds who are equally passionate and enthusiastic about philosophical research. The sharing of ideas and perspectives has helped me fine-tune and streamline my research interests, as well as reconsider my perspectives on a number of issues.

The learning environment at Radboud's Philosophy department is rigorous, engaging, and collaborative. Students and teaching staff attend seminars, lectures, and workshops together to share research knowledge and ideas. Teaching staff are accessible and approachable. These factors create a conducive and enjoyable learning environment for all.

My Research Master's Thesis explores the enactivist perspective on shared (linguistic and conceptual) meaning in the context of social interactions.

For a meaningful, purpose-driven life, it is imperative to be equipped with critical thinking skills. A Research Master's degree in Philosophy helps you connect the big picture with the finer details in ways that are relevant to you.

Upon completion of my Research Master's, I plan to continue my studies with a PhD in Philosophy with a view to forging a career researching on the mind, behavior, and social cognition.

Piet Wiersma

My philosophical interests primarily lie with political philosophy and philosophical anthropology. Both of these disciplines enable you to adopt or to construct a critical stance vis á vis society. The ‘boundaries’ between the two are permeable and show strong signs of overlap. Notions regarding what kind of creature ‘man’ is or should be, for example, inevitably leave their imprints on the way our political system and its institutions are structured. Hiding behind almost every political statement is a certain conception of ‘mankind’. These conceptions often remain implicit, either unconsciously or as a result of conscious strategies. This is where the philosopher comes into play, who, in my opinion, is especially qualified to critically question these (implicit) assumptions, unveiling their existence in the process. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that social and political structures and institutions are not just constituted by us, but partly constitute who we are and can become in turn. Human behavior is socially determined to a degree, and ascertaining the level of human agency in different social contexts is one of the most fundamental and compelling problems in political and anthropological philosophy — and I daresay in the social sciences as a whole.

Alongside the research master in philosophy, I’m enrolled in the political science master program Conflict, Power and Politics. In addition to my studies, I’m currently working as editor in chief of Splijtstof, the philosophical magazine of our faculty. The editorial staff and the authors mainly consist of students, but we regularly feature work by lecturers and researchers as well. Students can decide to publish the papers and essays they’ve written for one of their seminars, but other writings in various formats and about a wide array of topics are accepted as well. In addition to philosophical essays, Splijtstof features interviews, columns, short (travel) stories, reviews and poetry. Reading the magazine is a great way to acquaint yourself with the things Radboud students and researchers in philosophy are working on — which has a certain inspirational effect as well, I think.

Rose Trappes

Almost any topic in philosophy can kind of grab me. At the end of a class or seminar I often find myself genuinely involved in subjects that initially didn’t interest me all that much. However, I tend to focus most of my work within feminist philosophy. It’s a field that deals with the kind of questions that sooner or later always come up for me, like questions about difference; I’d like to focus on what we can do about difference rather than trying to eradicate it.

I especially read a lot of work by French feminists written during the second half of last century. Luce Irigaray and Hélène Cixous, for instance, are people that I often bring into my work. Feminism can be a way to approach any political problem, I think. It has a lot to say about some of the most pressing political issues we’re facing today, like climate change, war, and the mass movements of refugees. With regard to topics like these, we could benefit from a critical assessment of the way we relate to each other and the world around us — and how we could or should reconstruct those relationships. I studied biology in my undergraduate years in Brisbane, Australia, where I’m from, so philosophy of biology is another passion of mine. There is some really fascinating feminist philosophy of biology that radically reinterprets what we are as subjects in relation to the beings around us. For instance, some of it focuses on the distinction between the individual and the community, and reworks the relationship between the two based on looking at things like microbial communities and ecosystems. Are these individuals or are they groups of individuals? How do they relate to each other and how are relations with other beings constitutive of who we are?

Starting this semester, I will be fulfilling a student representative function for the research master students. I actually did the same during my undergraduate years in Brisbane for the biochemistry and molecular biology students. I really like the feeling that I am making a difference: listening to the students and to the people designing the courses in order to make things better for everybody involved. It felt great to give the students a voice.

Scholarships

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is a very selective scholarship programme. It offers talented, highly motivated, non-EEA students with outstanding study results the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship for a complete English-taught Radboud University Master’s degree programme.

Each year, a number of partial scholarships are awarded within the Radboud Scholarship Programme for the duration of one of the English taught Master's degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

A Radboud Scholarship will reduce your tuition fee to the legal fee (EU/EEA) instead of the institutional fee (non-EU/EEA).

Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial scholarships (legal instead of institutional tuition fees)

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice
- Have been (will be) fully admitted to the English-taught Master's degree programme starting 1 September

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two reference letters and a curriculum vitae. If you already uploaded these documents for the Master’s programme application, you can upload the same documents again for your scholarship application.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the Master's programme does not imply selection for the scholarship.

Deadline
You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of €1,400. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of €1000. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately €210). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme. Costs for insurance are covered by Fulbright.

Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of €1,400. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of €1000. The costs for a visa and residence permit (approximately €207) will also be fully covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme. Costs for insurance are covered by Fulbright.
The grant for a two-year Master's will be available for both years of study, on the condition that sufficient progress is made and sufficient results have been achieved in the first year. If awarded for the second year, the second grant period will not exceed 11 monthly installments of €1,400.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€15,400 - € 30,800

Eligibility

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.

Please note that U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to the Netherlands. In addition, U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch or European Union citizenship will not be considered.

Application Procedure

Scholarship applications for 2024-2025 are open and close on Tuesday 10 October 2023 at 5 pm Eastern Time. Applicants are required to have applied separately to Radboud University by 1 January 2024 for admission to the Master’s programme of their choice via the online application procedure, independent of their Fulbright application.

At the time of application or later during the selection process for the Fulbright grant, scholarship candidates must be admitted to an English-taught Master's programme at Radboud University and provide a letter of admission. The Radboud University application process opens 1 October 2023. The application results will be made known at the end of March 2024.


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The NL Scholarship (NLS) will always be combined with the Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP). This means that students applying for the NLS must also apply for the RSP. You can be awarded both the NLS and RSP, or just the RSP. You cannot be awarded just the NLS. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship.

The scholarship amounts to €5,000. The grant is awarded for 1 year and can only be received once. You will receive this in the first year of your study programme. Please note that this is not a full scholarship. The costs of living and studying in the Netherlands are not covered by the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€ 5000

Eligibility

-Hold a non-EU/non-EEA passport.
-Obtained a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands.
-Have been fully admitted to the English-taught Master's programme starting 1 September 2024.
-Have applied for the Radboud Scholarship Programme for 2024-2025, starting 1 September 2024.
-Are able to comply with the conditions for obtaining a visa for the Netherlands.

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application procedure for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a NL Scholarship.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the programme does not imply selection for NLS.

You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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Radboud University wants to contribute to a healthy and free world with equal opportunities for all. We find it important to realise a diverse and inclusive campus for all our students and staff. In order to give all talented students the opportunity to become part of our academic community, including students from non-EU/EEA countries who might be financially struggling to pay the institutional Radboud University tuition fee, we offer a number of full scholarships.

The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship is available for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for one of our English-taught Master’s degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes). The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and living costs of €11,520 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2023-2024) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition and living costs

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- Do not have sufficient funds or access to grants or loans to finance your studies at Radboud University
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Encouragement Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload two reference letters and a curriculum vitae (you may upload the same reference letters and CV if you have already uploaded those for your Master’s programme application) and the scholarship motivation letter.

Deadline
You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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