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) - 3-year programme of 180 ECTS credits or possible advaned placement

The aim of our undergraduate programmes is to provide a thorough historical and systematic education in philosophy. We want to familiarize students with the historical traditions of philosophy, with major contemporary movements, as well as the fundamental issues in different areas of philosophical specialisation. The attainment of these objectives also presupposes that students come to acquire the necessary basic philosophical skills.

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Admission Requirements

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.

Students who complete the programme and meet additional admission requirements can continue their studies in two-year Research Master of Philosophy  Programme. Otherwise, they can directly continue in one-year MA programme (admission requirements or a new application are not applicable and required for the MA programme).
 

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (BA) Abridged Programme - 1-year programme of 64-65 ECTS credits.

This programme is especially tailored to those students who already have a BA in hand, and who would like to develop skills in philosophical thinking, as well as increase philosophical awareness.

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Admission Requirements

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. After completion of the programme students obtain a full Bachelor's degree in philosophy and they can directly continue in one-year MA programme (admission requirements or a new application are not applicable and required for the MA programme) or, if they meet additional admission requirements , in two-year Research Master of Philosophy. The Board of Admissions will determine all acceptable equivalences
 

Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA) - 1-year programme of 60 ECTS credits.

This one-year MA addresses itself to students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds from different universities from all over the world. The objective is to offer an advanced training beyond the BA level in the main periods in the history of philosophy, in the major areas of philosophical research, by means of both required and elective courses. Furthermore, even in the field of required courses the student can choose the subject of his/her preference and this way, together with the Master's Thesis, start working on his/her specialisation or field of interest.

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Admission Requirements

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 equivalent to at least 60 ECTS credits in philosophy). The Admissions Board of the Institute of Philosophy makes all decisions regarding equivalencies.

Students who complete the programme and meet additional admission requirements can continue their studies in one-year Research Master of Philosophy Abridged Programme.
 

Research Master of Philosophy - 2-year programme of 120 ECTS credits.

The Research Master of Philosophy programme is primarily research-oriented and functions as a first step towards the doctoral programme. It focuses firmly on the development of high-level independent research. The programme allows you to concentrate on a particular field of study, supplemented by courses, seminars, and the oral defense of a research-based thesis which has the format of an article. Students are also provided with practical tools that a research needs, such as: how to give a good presentation, how to find a journal for the article, how to structure and write article, how to prepare for an international conference, etc.

Programme Details

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Research Master of Philosophy 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. The applicant also needs to meet the additional admission requirements. The Admissions Board of the Institute of Philosophy makes all decisions regarding equivalencies.

The aim of the Research Master is to prepare students for further - doctoral studies - in philosophy. Hence the successful completion of the Research Master counts as part of the Doctoral Programme for students continuing to the PhD.
 

Research Master of Philosophy Abridged Programme  - 1-year programme of 60 ECTS credits.

The Research Master of Philosophy Abridged Programme is primarily research-oriented and functions as a first step towards the doctoral programme. It focuses firmly on the development of high-level independent research. The programme allows you to concentrate on a particular field of study, supplemented by courses, seminars, and the oral defense of a research-based thesis which has the format of an article. Students are also provided with practical tools that a research needs, such as: how to give a good presentation, how to find a journal for the article, how to structure and write article, how to prepare for an international conference, etc. Since only students with an MA degree in philosophy are eligible for this programme, they in fact enter directly the second year of the regular 2-year Research Master of Philosphy.

Programme Details

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Research Master of Philosophy Abridged 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 and additional admission requirements.  The Admissions Board of the Institute of Philosophy makes all decisions regarding equivalencies.

The aim of the Research Master is to prepare students for further - doctoral studies - in philosophy. Hence the successful completion of the Research Master counts as part of the Doctoral Programme for students continuing to the PhD.
 

Doctoral Programme (PhD) - 4-year programme (for regular PhD students)

The aim of the Doctoral Programme is to expand and deepen philosophical knowledge in a specific field of study. Doctoral students take active part in scientific research projects of the Institute. They work under the supervision of a member of the senior academic staff. The research project reaches its culmination with the completion of the doctoral dissertation. The academic degree of Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) is granted after the public defence of the dissertation.
The Doctoral Programme is designed to offer a maximum of support to the student her/his doctoral work.The Programme is organised around the research undertaken in the various centres of the Institute. It has been designed to teach the student how to work indepently and according to the highest norms of research in the field, and encourages a wide range of professional contacts both within the Institute and internationally.

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Admission Requirements

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