Taught course

Philosophy and Science

Institution
Radboud University · Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

  1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or have another Bachelor's diploma with a philosophical component of at least 60 EC.
  2. A proficiency in English.
    In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
    • A TOEFL score of ≥577 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
    • An IELTS score of ≥6.5
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Analysing the relation of philosophy and science in terms of their historical development, as well as the current situation.

Philosophy and science don't mix. Or do they? What we nowadays call "science" used to be part of "philosophy." It is not without reason that Isaac Newton called his physical masterpiece "The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy." And today, the two are still closely connected. Our current worldview is strongly shaped by scientific thought. We look to science for both answers to our theoretical questions and solutions to our practical problems.

The Master's specialisation in Philosophy and Science analyses the relation of philosophy and science in terms of their historical development, as well as the current situation. How did the scientific worldview come about? What are its ingredients? What models for the relationship between philosophical and scientific thinking have been proposed?

This Master's specialisation will give you a better understanding of the evolution, the current status and the implications of the scientific worldview. Professionally, it prepares you for several possible avenues, including science administration, research, journalism, and policy-making.

Why study Philosophy and Science at Radboud University?

  • Focussing on the historical and systematic relationship between philosophy and science is unique in the Netherlands.
  • The Philosophy faculty does not just have close ties with scientists and professors at the other faculties on campus; philosophy as a subject is an integral part of all the faculties at Radboud University. This makes it easier for our students to combine Philosophy with any discipline when working on their thesis.
  • Teaching takes place in a stimulating, collegial setting with small groups.
  • The seminars specifically train skills such as critical reading, analytical thinking, policy writing and debating.
  • This Master's specialisation is run by the Center for the History of Philosophy and Science (CHSP), the only centre in the world that studies philosophy and science as historically intertwined phenomena.
  • This Master's specialisation is aimed at career prospects in, as well outside of, research.

To apply for this course, please contact us by e-mail.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,060
International students
EU € 2,060 Non EU € 9,879

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website.

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,060 in 2018/2019). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,060 in 2018/2019). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)

Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.

Holland Scholarship Programme

Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admission Office
Email
study-information@ru.nl