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

  • Introducing Natural Sciences (GSNS-INTRO)
  • Dilemmas of the scientist (FI-MHPSDIL + FI-MHPSDL1)

Period 1:

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

Period 2:

  • History of the Humanities (OGMV05006)

Students are expected to take at least 22.5 EC from the list of primary optional courses, which cover a wide range of topics in the history and philosophy of science, mathematics, medicine, social sciences and humanities. In addition, students can take a secondary optional course from any other Master's programme. It is also possible to include relevant courses from other universities, after consulting the study advisor and the board of examiners.

HPS curriculum 2021-22

*alternating course: offered in 2021-22 but not next year

Period 1

Course EC Code
* Topics in Philosophy of Language and Logic 5 FRRMV17003
Making Modern Science 7,5 Beta_B3MMS

Period 2

Course EC Code
Science and the Public 7,5 FI-MHPSSP
Philosophy of Space and Time 1 5 FI-MHPSST
Professional Skills and Identity 5 FI-MSECPSI
* Topics in German Idealism 5 FRRMV17006
* Topics in Philosophy of Mind 5 FRRMV17007
Art History I: Knowledge, Technologies, and Material Culture 5 or 10 GKRMV16051
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 5 or 10 201600160
Pharmaceutical Humanities 7,5 FA-MA214

Period 3

Course EC Code
The Quantum World 5 FI-MHPSQW
History and Philosophy of the Modern Life Sciences 7,5 FI-MHPSHLS
Investigative Journalism 5 FI-MHPSIJ
History and Philosophy of Objectivity 5 FRRMV16014
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence 7,5 WBMV05003
Tutorial: Science Archives 7,5 tutorial
History of the Early Modern Book 5 GKRMV17007
History of Medicine 7,5 BMB507812
Logic and Computation 7,5 WBMV13005
* Research Seminar History of Mathematics 7,5 WISM481
Law as an Academic Discipline 7,5 RGMURWOM08

Period 4

Course EC Code
Science and the Dilemmas of Modernity 7,5 FI-MHPSDM
* Foundations of Quantum Mechanics 5 FI-MHPSQM
* History and Philosophy of Magic   FI-MHPSMAG
tutorial: History and Philosophy of the Climate & Environmental Sciences   tutorial
Science in Society 5 FI-MSECSIS
20th century German Philosophy 5 FRRMV16015


Course EC Code
Tutorial HPS 5 or 7,5 FI-MHPSTUT
Tutorial HPS 2 5 or 7,5 FI-MHPSTU2
Tutorial Philosophy 5 FRRMV17009, FRRMV17010


Secondary optional courses can be any course at master’s level from Utrecht University. It is worth thinking about the skills you need for your thesis research, for example digital history, Latin, logic, paleography, or a course from a scientific field that you intend to study. You can look at courses from, for example, master’s programmes in Philosophy; Science Education & Communication; History, Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Science and Business Management; Innovation Sciences; etc.

The courses BETA-B3LH Living Pasts and B-B3GESB05 Geschiedenis en Filosofie van de Biologie are also eligible as secondary elective.