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Philosophy of Data and Digital Society

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Examine the impact of datafication and digitalization on social institutions, science, our work, our daily lives, and even our friendships. Reflect on fundamental ethical and political questions that arise. Learn how you can help shape a morally acceptable digital social world. This program can also be followed part-time. Philosophy of Data and Digital Society is a track of the MA Philosophy.

of the current students is (very) satisfied with their program

National Student Survey, 2023 | n = 46 (Master Philosophy, all tracks)

number of months on average between graduation and first job

National Alumni Survey,  2021 | n = 7 (Master Philosophy, all tracks)

In their field in the Netherlands

Elsevier Beste Studies 2022 & Keuzegids Universiteiten 2023

Program and courses

Explore distinct philosophical questions that emerge in a digitalized society, such as:

  • ethical and political questions related to the design and implementation of digital technologies, the collection and commodification of data, and the impact of digitalization on social justice;
  • questions related to the nature of data and artificial intelligence, and the value of public data literacy;
  • questions related to human nature, intelligence, emotion, and meaning, as well as our relation to culture, environment, and social life.

Address essential topics, like:

  • the relation between data and evidence; and responsibility, transparency and trust when using algorithms in decision making;
  • the internet’s potential to democratize knowledge and, on the other hand, undermine trust online;
  • digitalization’s impact on work, employment, care and friendship;
  • the impact of emerging cyber-physical systems on the cores of human existence and the values of solidarity, equality and freedom.

Profit from small-scale working methods with a great deal of interaction, which enables in-depth analysis and discussion with fellow students and lecturers. 

This program can also be followed part-time. Philosophy of Data and Digital Society is a track of the MA Philosophy. You always choose one of the tracks.

Typical courses are:

  • Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
  • Ethics and Digital Life  
  • Rights and Justice in a Digital Society 
  • Philosophy of Data Science 
  • Knowledge and Truth in a Digital World 

More on the program and courses

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Career prospects

Upon graduation from this track, you will be an MA in Philosophy, specializing in Philosophy of Data and Digital Society. You are equipped to provide plausible answers to fundamental questions about the many facets of digitalized human societies and to (co)shape a morally acceptable digital social world.

Your ability to assess the potential outcomes of new digital developments and to help decide which path to take is valuable for jobs in a variety of domains, such as the political-administrative domain, business, health and wellbeing, media, information and communication, research, and education.

Some examples of positions in which our Philosophy alumni are employed: 

  • AI ethicist at Google, Facebook, etc.
  • Consultant at an IT company
  • Researcher at the Rathenau Institute
  • Employee at a privacy protection agency
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months between graduation and first job: 4.6
  • 86% would choose this program at Tilburg University again

Source: National Alumni Survey 2021 | n = 7 (Master Philosophy, all tracks)

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 program)

Best preparatory programs:

Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy or - combined with the pre-Master - a Bachelor’s degree in another relevant field.

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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More information on this Master's program

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