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History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) offers a unique opportunity to study the foundations, practices, and culture of the sciences and humanities. We combine historical and philosophical perspectives to study past and present science. We investigate the interplay of science with cultural, social, political and institutional factors. We also analyse the fundamental structure of theories such as general relativity, quantum mechanics, evolution, and genetics.
Our topics range from natural science and mathematics to social science and the humanities. We aim to have a global perspective, but the emphasis is on Western science in the last five centuries.
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This is a selective master. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme History and Philosophy of Science if you hold a University bachelor degree and can demonstrate a high level of knowledge and command of methods & skills in the relevant field.
Additionally we consider:
Motivation and talent (also on the basis of average grade and past studies progress);
General high level of professional and intellectual ability;
Command of the English language.
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Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned in the top 15 in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. The university is located in the city of Utrecht, one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Northern Europe.Read more
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