The first year of the programme consists of required and elective courses.

Period 1:

  • History of the Natural Sciences (FI-MHPSHNS)
  • Philosophy of Science (FI-MHPSPS)

Period 2:

  • History of the Humanities (OGMV05006).

Students will generally be expected to take at least 30 EC from the list primary optional, which cover a wide range of topics in the history and philosophy of science, mathematics, medicine, social sciences and humanities. Students can also take a secondary optional course from another Master's programme. It is also possible to include relevant courses from other universities, after consulting the study advisor.

This is the complete list of primary optional courses in academic year 2017-18:.

Period 1:

  • FRRMV17003     Topics in Philosophy of Language and Logic        (5 EC)
  • WBMV05003      Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence         (7.5 EC)

Period 2:

  • FI-MHPSSP         Science and the Public  (7.5 EC)
  • FI-MHPSFST       Philosophy of Space and Time (7.5 EC)
  • FFRMV17006      Topics in German Idealism: Realism and Idealism
  • FRRMV17007     Topics in Philosophy of Mind     (5 EC)
  • 201600160          Philosophy of the Social Sciences            (5 EC)
  • RGMAWE100     Law as an academic discipline    (7.5 EC)
  • FI-MHPSTOP     Special Topic #1               (2.5 EC)

Period 3:

  • FI-MHPSFQM    Foundations of Quantum Mechanics     (7.5 EC)
  • FI-MHPSDM      Science and the Dilemmas of Modernity             (7.5 EC)
  • FI-MHPSPLS       Philosophy of the Modern Life Sciences              (7.5 EC)
  • FRRMV16014     History and Philosophy of Objectivity    (5 EC)
  • BMB507812        History of the Medical Sciences               (7.5 EC)
  • FA-332              Verslaving en verslavingsmiddelen        (7.5 EC)
  • WISB382              Geschiedenis van de wiskunde                (7.5 EC)

Period 4:

  • B-B3GESB05       Geschiedenis en Filosofie van de Biologie           (7.5 EC)
  • NS-361B              Geschiedenis van de Moderne Natuurkunde   (7.5 EC)
  • FRRMV16015     20th century German Philosophy (Habermas)  (5 EC)
  • FRRMV16020     Current Issues in Analytic Philosophy    (5 EC)
  • WBMV13005     Logic and Computation (7.5 EC)
  • FI-MHPSPSI       Professional Skills and Identity (3.75 EC)
  • FI-MSECSS          Science in Society           (3.75 EC)
  • FI-MHPSTOP     Special Topic #2               (2.5 EC)


  • WISM481            Research Seminar History of Mathematics         (7.5 EC)
  • FI-MHPSTUT      Tutorial HPS       (7.5 EC)
  • FFRMV17009       Tutorial Philosophy        (5, 7,5 or 10 EC)