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Masters in Philosophy: Philosophy of Neurosciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
September 2019
Application deadline: 01 June 2019
2,083 EUR

Program description

Study a Masters in Philosophy of Neurosciences in Amsterdam

Are you interested in the conceptual basis and the social, legal and ethical implications of neuroscience research? In this program you will study the conceptual foundations and the broader implications of neuroscientific research from different philosophical perspectives.

The main focus of this program is:

  1. to train you to become conceptually sensitive in the translation of neuroscientific research findings to different fields of application (clinical, educational, public health);
  2. to give you an idea of what it is to be ‘a good scientist’.

The program in a nutshell

The two-year program consists of:

  • general philosophy (introductory courses and reading), 30 EC
  • philosophy of neuroscience, 7 courses, 42 EC
  • neuroscience, courses and internships, 36 EC
  • thesis, 12 EC

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

  1. Hold an academic Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Psychology with a Biological Psychology or Neuropsychology profile. If you hold a BSc degree in a closely related discipline (e.g. Movement Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or Medicine) you are also eligible to apply
  2. Have good grades: A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 7.5 (or international equivalent, e.g. a B+, or a GPA of 3.4); and a minimum grade of 8 (or international equivalent, e.g. an A, or a GPA of 4.0), for both the Bachelor’s thesis and neuroscience-related courses.
  3. Possess well-developed academic skills including writing and presenting abilities, the ability to evaluate and apply knowledge, and the ability to engage in critical thinking.
  4. Have an active interest in neuroscience research and have clear ideas about a future career in neuroscience.

Tuition fees

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,060.


MSc in Philosophy

Career opportunities

Career prospects

The directors of this program (Gerrit Glas, philosopher, and Jeroen Geurts, neuroscientist) are convinced that this master program will make you a better neuroscientist and scholar. For those who don’t aim at a scientific career this master program gives the necessary background, both philosophical and empirical, to address implications of neuroscientific research in the widest possible sense, as advisor, policy maker, writer or scientist in other domains of science. 

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880 . The university offers over 120 English taught programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. Students and staff of 84 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The...

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