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MasterPhilosophy of Mind

In this specialisation of the Philosophy Research Master’s programme you will use contemporary analytical philosophical methods and explore explicit connections to developments in cognitive neuroscience and linguistics.

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Something for you?

  • This is the only research master’s in the Netherlands specifically focused on philosophy of mind and cognition.
  • Our staff works closely together with the prestigious Donders Institute.
  • The programme offers a lively, international environment.
  • 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
The Research Master prepares you for working in the academic field and doing research.
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What will you learn

Traditionally, philosophy of mind is part of the analytical tradition in philosophy. Recently, however, a more phenomenological approach to typical questions in the philosophy of mind has provided a refreshing new look on old topics. The advance of cognitive neuroscience is also leaving its trace in the way old questions are posed and answered. Therefore, the research Master’s in Philosophy of Mind combines traditional analytical theorising with insights from phenomenology and the empirical sciences.

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 related to the section Philosophy of Mind and Language, which focuses on the context-dependence of the interpretation of linguistic and non-linguistic behaviour. The research carried out in this section covers a number of traditional topics: mental causation, perception of, for example, colour, phenomenal consciousness and qualia, theories of mind, mental content and the nature of folk-psychology.

Our research is closely related to ongoing research in the field of cognitive neuroscience. As neuroscientists probe ever deeper into the workings of our brain new philosophical questions arise. Questions, for instance, about the reach of neuroscientific research on classic philosophical issues such as the nature of free will.

Thesis subjects in Philosophy of Mind

In Philosophy of Mind you study problems such as mental causation, phenomenal consciousness and the nature of mental state attribution from the viewpoint of neurophenomenenology and the embodied embedded cognition paradigm.

Recent master’s theses (publishable articles) were about the following themes:

  • Social cognition
  • Understanding other minds (embodied perspective)
  • Psychopathology (embodied perspective)
  • Interdependence of culture and cognition
  • Phenomenal consciousness
  • Taxonomies in cognitive neuroscience

Questions about this programme?

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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.