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MasterPhilosophical Anthropology

From September 2023 onward this specialisation will be known as Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology.

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Something for you?

  • The only research Master’s in the Netherlands which offers a specialisation in philosophical anthropology.
  • We guarantee that abstract philosophical theory is constantly made tangible with concrete every-day examples and experiences.
  • The programme offers a lively, international environment.
  • All research master students are assisted by a personal supervisor.
  • 60 EC's of the courses are tailored to academic research. 
  • You are willing to study French and/or German philosophers in their original language
  • Our students rate this Master’s programme 8,6 out of 10 according to the National Student Survey 2019.
Why in Nijmegen?

Admission requirements

Do you want to know if you can be admitted? Read more about the admission requirements of this programme.

Admission requirements
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What will you learn

You’ll study the philosophical significance of questions related to approaches in phenomenological, psychoanalysis and gender and feminist theory. You’ll gain insight into how to ask questions that are significant for the contemporary age and examine them in the light of major thinkers from the continental philosophical tradition. The specialisation is geared towards investigating concepts of subjectivity, body and unconsciousness, and sexuality and gender.

Curriculum and courses

Future career opportunities

This programme has been designed for people with the ambition to conduct philosophical research at a university. Graduates tend to fall into one of three groups:

  1. A majority of the students continue their research within academia by applying for a doctoral programme in the Netherlands or abroad. We take particular pride in the fact that more than 60 percent of our graduates manage to obtain a PhD position within two years of graduating.
  2. A second group goes on to teach philosophy at secondary schools.
  3. And a third group enters research-related professions outside of education.

Our graduates are also represented in journalism, science policy, and politics.

The reputation of Radboud University – and of the Philosophy Faculty in particular – will definitely serve you well whichever career path you choose.

After your studies


All of the research related to this specialisation is embedded in the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy (CCEP). This centre is the Netherlands’ main centre for teaching of and research in 20th and 21st century European philosophy. The centre continues Radboud University’s strong tradition in continental philosophy.

Their research in the field of Philosophical Anthropology focuses on:

  1. Questions concerning the relationship between normality and pathology and the importance of sexuality.
  2. Phenomenological approaches of anthropological issues.
  3. Political questions in relation to the human.

Thesis subjects in Philosophical Anthropology

Although many research Master’s students choose a topic related to the research activities of either CCEP, this is not mandatory. Master’s theses (publishable articles) could be about the following themes:

  • Embedded and embodied cognition
  • Bio-semiotics
  • Animal-human relationship
  • Post-human life
  • Psychoanalysis in political perspective
  • Psychoanalysis and structuralism
  • Psychoanalysis and religion
  • Freudian metapsychology
  • Gender theory, homosexuality/heterosexuality
  • Feminist theory in social and political context

Questions about this programme?

Do you have a question about this programme? We're happy to help. Please contact us, ask a student or check out our information activities.


Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.