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 2018-19:.


Period 1

Course EC Code
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence  7,5 WBMV05003
Topics in Metaphysics 5 FRRMV16008
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  7,5 FI-MHPSFST
Topics in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science 5 FRRMV16011
Topics in Moral Psychology 5 FRRMV16013
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 7,5 201600160
Pharmaceutical Humanities 7,5 FA-MA214
Special Topic #1 2,5 FI-MHPSTOP
Art & Science seminar 5 or 10 GKRMV16051

Period 3

Course EC Code
The Quantum World 7,5 FI-MHPSFQM
History of the Modern Life Sciences 7,5 FI-MHPSHLS
History and Philosophy of Objectivity 5 FRRMV16014
History of Medicine 7,5 BMB507812
Investigative Journalism 7,5 FI-MHPSIJ
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence  7,5 WBMV05003

Period 4

Course EC Code
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
Current Issues in Analytic Philosophy 5 FRRMV16020
Logic  of Computation 7,5 WBMV13005
Law as an academic discipline 7,5 RGMURWOM08
Science in Society 5 FI-MSECSIS
Professional Skills and Identity 3,75 FI-MHPSPSI
Special Topic #2 2,5 FI-MHPSTOP


Course EC Code
Research Seminar History of Mathematics 7,5 WISM481
Tutorial HPS 7,5 FI-MHPSTUT
Tutorial Philosophy 5 FRRMV17009, FRRMV17010