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History and Philosophy of Science

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24 months
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Netherlands Government
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Research University

Program description

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.

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a top international university that holds a top 100 position in the international university rankings. It offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programs and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

Research has always played a fundamental role in Utrecht University’s degree programs. Course content is closely linked to top-class research. Students are taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, mostly experts in their field. Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research continues to have impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

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Admission requirements

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6, TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 237, TOEFL internet based: 93

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