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 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.

This is the complete list of primary optional courses in academic year 2020-21:.

*alternating course: will be offered in 2020-21 but not in 2021-22

Period 1

Course EC Code
Making Modern Science 7,5 Beta_B3MMS
* Topics in Metaphysics 5 FRRMV1600
* Topics in Early Modern Philosophy 5 FRRMV16010

Period 2

Course EC Code
Science and the Public 7,5 FI-MHPSSP
Philosophy of Space and Time 1 5 FI-MHPSST
* Topics in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science: Bayesianism 5 FRRMV16011
* Topics in Moral Psychology: Moral Cognition 5 FRRMV16013
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 7,5 201600160
Pharmaceutical Humanities 7,5 FA-MA214
Art History: Knowledge, Material Culture, and Technologies 5 or 10 GKRMV16051
Professional Skills and Identity 5 FI-MSECPSI

Period 3

Course EC Code
The Quantum World 5 FI-MHPSQW
History and Philosophy of Objectivity 5 FRRMV16014
* History of the Modern Life Sciences 7,5 FI-MHPSHLS
History of Medicine 7,5 BMB507812
Investigative Journalism 7,5 FI-MHPSI
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence 7,5 WBMV05003
Law as an Academic Discipline 7,5 RGMURWOM08
History of the Early Modern Book 5 GKRMV17007
Logic of Computation 7,5 WBMV13005

Period 4

Course EC Code
* Philosophy of Space and Time 2 5 FI-MHPSST2
Science and the Dilemmas of Modernity 7,5 FI-MHPSDM
Geschiedenis en Filosofie van de Biologie 7,5 B-B3GESB05
20th century German Philosophy 5 FRRMV16015
* tutorial: History of the Sciences 7,5 FI-MHPSTUT
Science in Society 5 FI-MSECSIS

Courses not offered this year but in 2021-22:

Course EC Code
Research Seminar History of Mathematics 7,5 WISM481
Foundations of Quantum Mechanics 5 FI-MHPSQM
Topics in Philosophy of Language and Logic 5 FRRMV17003
Topics in German idealism 5 FRRMV17006
Topics in Philosophy of Mind 5 FRRMV17007