Philosophy of Mind and Psychology

Philosophy of Mind and Psychology

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Take a philosophical approach to understand the human psyche. By delving into philosophical texts and reflecting on theories and findings from other relevant disciplines - such as psychology, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence - you will gain more insights into mental phenomena, such as ‘emotions’, ‘intelligence’ and ‘cognition’, as well as ethical and existential questions. This program can also be followed part-time. Philosophy of Mind and Psychology 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

Apply a philosophical approach to study questions at the intersection of philosophy and psychology. Reflect on the mental phenomena that make up the human mind.

  • Address essential philosophical questions such as:
    What role do emotions play in our decision making?
    How do we cope with crises, risks, uncertainties and turbulence?
    How susceptible are we to external influences and how does this affect our claims about freedom and autonomy? 
    How does the human mode of understanding reality through knowledge-based approaches affect our understanding of the human mind?
    What does psychology have to contribute to our understanding of all this? And how can philosophy help deepen that understanding?
  • 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 Mind and Psychology is a track of the MA Philosophy. You always choose one of the tracks.

Typical courses are:

  • Crisis and Insecurity 
  • The Intelligence of Emotions
  • Philosophy and the Limits of Psychology
  • Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious

More on the program and courses

Facts and figures about this program

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Career prospects

After completing the Master’s track in Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, you are able to reflect critically on what we (can) claim to know about the workings of the mind and its connection to human life.

The knowledge and insights you acquire in this track, offer a solid foundation for a career in research, education, consultancy, policy-making, politics, journalism, counseling, coaching, or mental health care.

Examples of positions in which our alumni are employed:

  • Lecturer in Social Work at a Dutch University of Applied Sciences 
  • Board Member of the Dutch Association for Psychiatry
  • Trainer/Coach at Exentra VZW (mental health services)

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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