BA in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline
University of Groningen
EUR 2,314 / per year *
01 May 2024
Earliest start date
* EU/EEA students: €2,314 | non-EU/EEA students: €11,200
What makes natural science 'scientific'? What is a just law? What can science tell us about free will and ethical responsibilities? In this degree, you'll explore the philosophical aspects of science.
The bachelor "Philosophy of a specific discipline” is an English-taught program. After the first year of your bachelor's, you can enrol in this program. You can either start it while continuing your own bachelor's (usually during the 2nd and 3rd year of your first bachelor's) or start the bachelor's Philosophy of a specific discipline after your first bachelor's (usually as the 4th year of your bachelor's studies).
“Philosophy of a specific discipline” consists of:
- a Minor (30 ECTS), introducing you to the history of philosophy and to some of the major philosophical areas such as ethics, philosophy of science, social-political philosophy, and logic;
- a Specialization Course (5 ECTS) that introduces you to the field of philosophy that is most relevant to your first bachelor's and connects both disciplines;
- three electives (15 EC) to gain more in-depth knowledge of your Specialization;
- a Bachelor’s Thesis (10 ECTS) in which you carry out philosophical research connected to the discipline of your first bachelor, in a well-organized course;
- 120 ECTS of your first bachelor's programme
Why study this programme in Groningen?
This programme received the Quality Label Top Programme in the Keuzegids 2018! More generally, our Philosophy programmes have been awarded excellent results by research and teaching assessment committees. In the past fifteen years, we have ranked no. 1 eleven times and no. 2 two times in the Elsevier Ranking, which is based on a national questionnaire among students and professors. Only the University of Groningen and the Erasmus University (Rotterdam) offer this bachelor's programme!
- Course units of the scientific discipline (120 EC)
- 1 specialization course and practicals (5 EC)
- 3 Elective advanced courses (15 EC)
- 6 introductory courses (30 EC)
- Bachelor's thesis and thesis course (10 EC)
The programme begins with an introduction of 30 EC. You will become acquainted with the history of philosophy and the major philosophical areas such as ethics, philosophy of science, political philosophy, and logic. After this, you will select 20 EC of advanced courses that relate to your specific scientific discipline. Finally, you will write a bachelor's thesis in which you will develop your own philosophical ideas about a particular topic of research in your scientific discipline (10 EC).
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Students in philosophy have many possibilities for finding a job. As they are qualified as critical, analytical thinkers with a broad understanding of culture, society and the sciences, they can apply for jobs in different fields. Our alumni have found jobs in:
- Education: universities, universities of applied sciences, secondary education;
- Journalism and communication;
- Policy and politics: ministries, municipalities, political parties, NGOs