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MA Philosophy, Science and Society

Course Description

Decisions in society have important knowledge-related and ethical dimensions. They affect people's obligations, rights and liberties. At the same time, they are often based on scientific findings. Studying reliable and responsible decision-making requires philosophical reflection from various perspectives: we have to reason about human rationality, morality, political institutions and the science/society interface.

The program adopts an interdisciplinary angle where cutting-edge philosophical research is inspired by findings from psychology, economics and cognitive science. Upon graduating, you will be an expert on ethical and epistemic aspects of social decision-making and you will be able to demonstrate how philosophical analysis contributes to solving societal challenges.

Moreover, the Tilburg University MA specialization in Philosophy, Science and Society offers you:
•Teaching by international and experienced faculty members. The lecturers in the Philosophy, Science and Society MA specialization have a strong international teaching record, including countries such as Belgium, Germany, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom. There are also guest lecturers from Australia, Canada and the US.
•At the forefront of international research. Your teachers are also internationally leading researchers. The Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS), the philosophy department's research platform, regularly organizes international conferences, workshops and seminars that you are invited to attend free of charge.
•Research-Based Learning. Our MA program is in the forefront of current trends and reflects the commitment to include the most recent state-of-the-art approaches and developments in the field of philosophy. From the first day of your stay in Tilburg, you will be confronted with the latest philosophical research, and you will assist your teachers in developing and testing new research results.
•Innovative Methods. The program combines traditional philosophical methods (conceptual analysis, dialectical reasoning, case studies, thought experiments) with recently developed approaches, such as experimental philosophy, simulations and abstract modeling of philosophical problems.
•A Broad Range of Scholarships. There are several attractive scholarships to which you can apply, awarded at university, school or department level. They are open for European and non-European students alike.

Career Perspective Philosophy, Science and Society

Still think that a philosophy degree is not attractive to employers? That it is not your best career choice? Then have a look at these articles from major newspapers and magazines:
•The Atlantic: “Is Philosophy the Most Practical Major?”
•Huffington Post: “The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business”
•The Guardian: “What can you do with a degree of philosophy?”
•The Guardian: “I think, therefore I earn. The rise in stock of philosophy graduates”

True, a philosophy MA is not a Master of Business Administration. But it is a much better career choice than the cliché pretends. You acquire reasoning, analysis and argumentation skills that can be used in various fields and are highly valued by most employers. You are also trained in clear and persuasive writing, creative thinking and devising original solutions to hard problems. This gives you great flexibility in your job choice.

In addition, the Philosophy, Science and Society specialization makes you a genuine expert on human cognition, social decision-making and the interplay between science and society. This involves hot topics such as the ethics of science, risk assessment and the legitimacy of technocratic decision-making. This expertise is sought for in government agencies, research institutes and the private sector. Companies may be especially interested in your expertise in moral reasoning and the impact of moral factors on decision-making.
After graduating, you can also continue your career as an academic researcher who has already acquired an interdisciplinary background and who can apply for PhD positions in various fields.

Visit the MA Philosophy, Science and Society page on the Tilburg University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

You have a Bachelor's degree in philosophy or a relevant discipline. Students with a Bachelor's degree in a different subject are most welcome to apply, but we strongly recommend that you consult us in advance for advice. An important requirement for being admitted to the Master's program is an adequate knowledge of research methodology, since this forms an important part of the program. An adequate knowledge of English is required.

Course Fees

EEA citizens (Statutory fee): € 1,998; Non-EEA citizens (Institutional fee): € 10,500

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