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Specific Admission Requirements

Specific Admission Requirements for the International Philosophy programmes.

In addition to the general requirements, there are specific requirements for each of the different philosophy programmes.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (BA)

Students who have successfully completed secondary education are eligible to apply for admission to the first phase of the Three Year BA Programme in Philosophy.

Students with some third-level education may be eligible to apply for admission with advanced placement of either 60 study points or 120 study points. The Board of Admissions will consider the application of a student applying for admission with advanced placement, based on an application that includes a complete dossier. The Board of Admissions will determine all acceptable equivalences.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (BA) Abridged Programme

The programme is open to students who are in possession of a Bachelor's degree. Admission will be determined on a case by case basis by the Admissions Board.

Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA)

To be admitted to the MA Programme, the following academic requirements must be met, along with the General Admission Requirements: a BA of Arts in Philosophy from the KU Leuven or another recognised university or the equivalent (BA in a related discipline and a sufficient academic background in philosophy). The Admissions Board of the Institute of Philosophy makes all decisions regarding equivalencies.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

To be admitted to the MPhil Programme, the following academic requirements must be met, along with the General Admission Requirements: an MA of Arts in Philosophy from the KU Leuven or another recognised university or an academic background in philosophy equivalent to the MA of Arts in Philosophy (after a 5-year of study). The Admissions Board of the Institute of Philosophy makes all decisions regarding equivalencies.

Successful completion of the MPhil counts as part of the Doctoral Programme for students continuing to the PhD.

Doctoral Programme (PhD)

To be admitted to the PhD Programme a student must meet the General Admission requirements, must already have been awarded the diploma of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from KU Leuven and distinguished him/herself in his/her studies. This one-year research master offers an outstanding opportunity to develop competency in independent research in philosophy and counts as a predoctoral examination. In certain circumstances the MPhil is not required in order to be admitted (see Regulations, Admission requirements), but in any case it is recommended. Completion of the MPhil counts for part of the Doctoral Programme.