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Philosophy (60 EC)



September - February 


1 year



Leiden University is home to one of the oldest departments of philosophy in the Low Countries. Among its research strengths are political philosophy and non-Western philosophy. In addition, we host a large international staff with wide-ranging expertise in continental philosophy and the philosophy of knowledge.


  • Global and Comparative Philosophy
  • Modern European Philosophy
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy
  • Philosophy of Knowledge


The programme prepares you for any career in which conceptual, analytic and interpretative skills are important, including careers in the public sector, business and the media, as well as an academic career.

Best preparatory bachelor’s

A bachelor’s degree in philosophy or a comparable degree.

English proficiency**

IELTS: 6.5 / TOEFL internet-based: 90

Faculty of Humanities

1 & 2

year master’s programmes


master's students


International master's students




EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
** English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.