Taught course

History and Philosophy of Science

Institution
Utrecht University · Natural Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

September

Course content

The Master’s programme in the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) offers a unique opportunity to study the foundations, practices, and culture of the sciences and humanities from a historical and philosophical perspective. Our two-year research programme addresses the historical development of scientific thought and practice with a broad approach that investigates the interplay of science or the humanitites with cultural, social, and institutional factors. Students will also learn to analyse the structure and concepts of theories such as relativity, quantum mechanics, evolution, and modern genetics.

HPS has twice been judged ´best in category´ by the national Master guide (Keuzegids Masters): in the category ‘Science and Policy’ (Bèta en Beleid, 2012) and in the category ‘Philosophy’ (Wijsbegeerte, 2013).

The curriculum covers courses on selected subjects in:

  • History of Science or the Humanities;
  • Philosophy of Science or the Humanities;
  • Foundations of Physics;
  • Foundations of Mathematics and Logic.

Programme objective

The general aim of the Master’s programme HPS is to offer you a thorough training in the history and/or philosophy or foundations of the sciences and humanities. You'll learn to develop and research historical or philosophical research questions. You will be educated in developing a professional attitude which enables you to enroll in a PhD programme in the HPS field, or start (on the job training) for a career in science education and communication, in museums, in science policy or science management.

Interested?

If you are interested, you may consider doing the (Dutch) minor 'Geschiedenis en Filosofie van de Natuurwetenschappen', which provides an excellent preparation for the Master's programme. It is also possible to do individual bachelor courses.

Information for international students

Institutional fee 2017-2018: € 18,201 (non EU/EEA)

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,006 (NL/EU)
International students
€ 18,201 (non EU/EEA)

Statutory fee - fulltime 2017-2018: € 2,006 (NL/EU) (for exceptions see Tuition Fees and Financial Support)

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
David Baneke
Email
d.m.baneke@uu.nl