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History and Philosophy of Science

Universiteit Utrecht

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The Master's programme in History and Philosophy of Science offers a unique opportunity to study the foundations, practice and culture of science from historical and philosophical dimensions.

The 2-year research programme in History and Philosophy of Science addresses the historical development of scientific thought and practice, with a broad scope that includes the interplay of science with cultural, social or institutional factors. It also offers conceptual analysis of theories such as relativity, quantum mechanics, evolution and modern genetics. Our programme is both broad and flexible. Only two courses are mandatory. In the first year you will choose six other courses (which may include an internship), all relevant to your chosen specialisation. Tracks offered are: History of Science or the Humanities, Philosophy of Science, Foundations of Physics, and Foundations of Mathematics and Logic. The second year is dedicated to a research project that is closely attuned to current developments in the field, culminating in a Master's thesis. Graduates of our Master's programme often continue in PhD programmes in Utrecht, elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad. Many have also found employment in science communication, consultancy or the financial services industry. This programme is the only programme on the European continent in the field in the English language.


Profiel Extra vakken
Academische bachelor

2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 12585 / jaar
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 18690 / jaar
2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar


History of the Natural Sciences, Philosophy of Science, History and Philosophy of Space and Time, History of Modern Life Sciences, Einstein.

instruction modes

Lectures, seminars, supervised research work.


Graduates can conduct independent, original, philosophical or historical research into the foundations, evolution and ethics of science.

sustainable strengthening

There will be a specific answer for each graduate, but generally speaking participation in an international high quality Master programme will increase his or her professional knowledge. Since the employer plays an important role in the application procedure, it is expected that the organisation will benefit from the upgrading of its employee.

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 24 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 120