The Research Master's Programme Philosophy takes two years of full-time study to complete and has a 120 EC study load consisting of 7 components. Please refer to the programme book (the 20-21 Programmebook will be available in June 2020) as a supplement to the student website and as a guide during your first weeks of the academic year.


  • The Course planner contains an overview of the courses with which you can complete your study programme's exam requirements. It also includes useful information about individual courses: Start year 2020-2021
  • Below you will find a detailed description of your curriculum.

Your mentor and/or the programme coordinator are available if you require assistance selecting your courses. As a student of this programme, you may also take the supplementary course Academic Writing in English

Course components


Entry Requirements

Look carefully at the entry requirements of the courses and whether there is a placement committee.

Core Seminars
The aim of the course is to develop students’ ability to engage in a sustained, critical, and systematic manner with several pivotal texts, to consolidate their knowledge of the philosophical traditions in which these texts are central, to gain insight into relevant methodologies in other fields and to engage in discussion across the boundaries between the philosophical sub-disciplines, and to develop an independent point of view on the philosophical issues raised in these texts.

For students who started before 19-20: please note that both FRRMV16001 Core Readings in Theoretical Philosophy and FRRMV16002 Core Readings in History of Philosophy are no longer available. For more information contact the programme coordinator.

Year 1, Block 1-2

FRRMV19001   Core Seminar 1

Year 1, Block 3-4

FRRMV19002   Core Seminar 2


Research Colloquium

Year 1, Year Course

FRRMV16005   Research Colloquium Year 1

Year 2, Year Course

FRRMV17001   Research Colloquium Year 2 


Students complete at least four “Topics Seminars”. The courses are offered biannually on an alternating basis.

The following courses, offered in even-numbered years:

Block 1

FRRMV16008      Topics in Metaphysics

FRRMV16009      Topics in the Philosophy of Human Rights

FRRMV16010      Topics in Early Modern Philosophy


Block 2

FRRMV16011      Topics in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science

FRRMV16012      Topics in Hellenistic Philosophy

FRRMV16013      Topics in Moral Psychology


The following courses, offered in uneven-numbered years:

Block 1

FRRMV17002       Topics in  Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle

FRRMV17003       Topics in Philosophy of Language and Logic

FRRMV17004       Topics in Social and Political Philosophy


Block 2

FRRMV17005       Topics in Ethical Theory

FRRMV17006       Topics in German Idealism

FRRMV17007       Topics in Philosophy of Mind



Students may count any MA-level course as electives, in particular, any RMA Philosophy “Topics Seminars” or “Research School Seminars” or “Interdisciplinary Research Area” courses (beyond those required), and the courses listed below. MA-level courses not on this list can be included administratively in their study programme.

Block 2

AEMV16007       Sustainable world

AEMV16005       Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine

AEMV16006       Economic Ethics

Block 3

WBMV05003      Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

Block 4

FRRMV16015     20th-Century German Philosophy

WBMV13005      Logic and Computation

Internship, Block 1,2,3,4

FRRMV16019    Teaching Internship in Philosophy

FRRMV16018     Research Internship in Philosophy

For your convenience you can find on this site which RMA courses of the Faculty of Humanities are possible as elective within your specific RMA program and the (possible) conditions to participate in these courses.

Students complete at least 5 EC from the following courses:


Block 2

GKRMV16010    The Digital Scholar of Premodern Sources

Block 3

FRRMV16014     History and Philosophy of Objectivity

ECRMITT            Think Tank Institutions

FRRMV16017     Digital Ethics


Note that Topics Seminars beyond the required 20 EC can be counted towards satisfying the “Research School Seminar” Requirement. 


OFRM14001    Research School Seminar Year 1

OFRM14002    Research School Seminar Year 2

FRRMV17009     Tutorial 1

FRRMV17010     Tutorial 2

The RMA thesis is a scholarly text in which students are expected to contribute, on the basis of independent research, to a debate within their sub-discipline. It is structured around a central research question to which it provides an answer. In the Thesis, Philosophy students develop a sustained analysis of a focussed philosophical problem, and in the process further strengthen their ability to work independently. The thesis should be written in correct and clear English. It will normally be 16.000 to 32.000 words long and may not exceed 40.000 words (including notes and bibliography).

FRRMV17008     Thesis Research Master Philosophy

Read more about the Master's thesis.

Study abroad

Students who study abroad in an approved programme substitute 30 EC of “Across the Border” for the following items from the non-study-abroad programme: 

The components with “Across the Border” are as follows:

Core Curriculum Required 25 EC
Topics Seminars Restricted choice 10 EC
Electives Choice 10 EC
Interdisciplinary Research Area Restricted choice    5 EC
Research School Seminar Required   5 EC
Tutorial  Required    5 EC
Study Abroad Choice  30 EC
Thesis Required 30 EC

Exam requirements

When you start this programme, you will be registered for its exam programme. This is a 'translation' of the exam requirements described in the Education and Examination Regulations.In order to complete your Master's programme you will need to meet the exam requirements.

Study Progress Report (SPR)

Your study progress report lists all of your current results, and tells you how far along you are in meeting your exam requirements. View your study progress report in OSIRIS > tab Progress. See the example (pdf, in Ducth) for an explanation of the Study Progress Report.

If you wish to deviate from the curriculum, you must first ask your programme’s Board of Examiners for approval or exemption. In case your request is granted, the changes will be processed in OSIRIS and integrated into your exam programme and Study Progress Review.

In order to graduate, you will need to meet your programme's exam requirements as described in the Education and Examination Regulations. Based on these criteria and your Study Progress Review, the Board of Examiners determines whether you have graduated. The courses that are listed on your Study Progress Review will appear on the International Diploma Supplement (IDS), the attachment that you receive with your diploma. Note that courses listed under the heading ‘Results-Other’ are not part of the examination syllabus and do not appear on the IDS.

If you have questions about your Study Progress Review or find errors in it, contact the Student Desk Humanities.