Radboud University

Why study this programme

The programme

PPS is a uniquely issue-oriented philosophy programme. The curriculum is organised around themes such as ecological crises, scientific progress, the future of technology, identity politics, or the global political landscape.

  • For each theme, you will examine a combination of key historical philosophical texts, contemporary thinkers, and empirical cases.
  • PPS explores the defining issues of the 21st century from a rich variety of theoretical perspectives, without the narrow economic focus of traditional PPE ('Philosophy, Politics, and Economics') programmes.
  • Your first year consists of a series of systematic introductory courses. In your second and third years, you tailor your curriculum to those global issues in which you are most interested.
  • PPS cooperates with other faculties such as Law, Management, Social Science or the Science Faculty.
  • PPS gives you the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at a university of your choice.
  • PPS includes our 'Edges of Europe' minor, which combines policy related courses with fieldwork in Cairo, Rome, Athens, St. Petersburg, and Rabat.

The style

  • The entire programme is taught in English.
  • We have an international faculty with enthusiastic, highly qualified researchers and teachers from a variety of cultural and national backgrounds.
  • Over half of first year students have joined our programme from abroad, and represent twelve countries and five continents.
  • We have a strong culture of informal exchanges of ideas between students and staff. The faculty houses a large common room and organises many social events throughout the year to support this animated atmosphere.

The institution

  • Our faculty is home to more than seven hundred students and to dozens of junior and senior researchers.
  • We also house Radboud Reflects, an institution that annually organises more than a hundred lectures and workshops with leading scholars, politicians, artists, and professionals.
  • Radboud University boasts excellent study and sports facilities, (coffee) bars, a theater and cultural center, state of the art IT facilities, and libraries with an extensive philosophy collection. All of these features are located on one lively, green campus.