Philosophy of Contemporary Challenges

Philosophy of Contemporary Challenges

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Study philosophical and ethical issues that arise with respect to populism, migration, terrorism, inequality, sustainability, and the role that science and technology play in our society. In doing so, you develop crucial skills that enable you to think critically, conceptualize things clearly, and argue convincingly, each of which is a valuable asset in today’s job market.

On-campus education as of August 2021 | pleased to meet you
of the current students is (very) satisfied with their program

National Student Survey (Master Philosophy, all tracks), 2019 | n=23

program in its field in the Netherlands and 'Top Rated Program'

Elsevier Best Studies, 2020; Keuzegids, 2020 (Master Philosophy, all tracks)

number of months until first paid job

Alumni of Philosophy | National Alumni Survey,  2019 | n = 10 (Master Philosophy, all tracks)

Program and courses

  • Develop a philosophical perspective on society
    Learn to question the conventional ideas of sociologists, economists, and other specialists about migration, democracy, justice, market forces, the environment, science, and technology. 
  • Enrich yourself with skills that matter
    You will analyze, synthesize, and critically question philosophical texts and problems in clear and concise ways and according to high academic standards. You will refine your presentation and writing skills and learn how to formulate to-the-point arguments and evaluate the claims made by others.
  • Challenge yourself
    All courses are taught by experts in the respective fields and revolve around state-of-the-art literature by contemporary thinkers. You learn to come to grips with these at a high academic level and apply them to contemporary challenges in society.

Typical courses are:

  • Migration, Refugees and Human Rights
  • Populism and Active Citizenship
  • Sustainability and Environmental Ethics
  • Justice and Inequality

More on the program and courses

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Career prospects

As a trained philosopher, you are able to analyze and reflect critically on social, political, and ethical issues. You can formulate well-founded and to-the-point proposals to solve societal problems. Major newspapers and magazines emphasize the wide variety of professions open for philosophers in the labor market:

After graduating, you can also continue your career in various fields as an academic researcher who has already acquired an interdisciplinary background.

Alumni facts

  • Number of months until first paid job:  3
  • 90% of our alumni find a job within 1 month
  • 90% would choose this program again at Tilburg University

Source: Alumni of Philosophy (all tracks) | National Alumni Survey, 2019 | n = 10 

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This Master's program starts:

End of August and end of January (both the Master’s and the Pre-Master’s programs)

Best preparatory programs:

Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Culture Studies, Political Studies, or Liberal Arts and Sciences and Global Management of Social Issues

Pre-Master's program:

Open to both Research University students and students of a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO).

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students find all information about tuition fees and scholarships here.

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