A long-term perspective on science and society
The Master’s programme in the History and Philosophy of Science offers a unique opportunity to study the foundations, practices, and culture of the sciences and humanities from a historical and philosophical perspective. Our two-year research programme addresses the historical development of scientific thought and practice with a broad approach that investigates the interplay of science or the humanitites with cultural, social, and institutional factors. Students will also undertake conceptual analysis of theories such as relativity, quantum mechanics, evolution, and modern genetics.
HPS has twice been judged ´best in category´ by the national Master guide (Keuzegids Masters): in the category ‘Science and Policy’ (Bèta en Beleid, 2012) and in the category ‘Philosophy’ (Wijsbegeerte, 2013).
Tailor your own programme
Our programme is flexible and only three courses are mandatory, allowing you to choose the remainder based on your specialisation or interests. In the first year, you can select five elective courses from a list of various options.
The History and Philosophy of Science programme offers the following specialisations:
- History of Science or the Humanities
- Philosophy of Science or the Humanities
- Foundations of Physics
- Foundations of Mathematics and Logic
Your second year will be dedicated to a research project, optionally combined with a internship, that is closely attuned to current developments in your chosen field and culminates in your Master’s thesis.
Graduates of our Master’s programme often continue in PhD programmes in Utrecht, elsewhere in the Netherlands, or abroad. Many have also found employment in science communication, teaching, consultancy, and the financial services industry. This is the only English-taught programme in this field within Continental Europe.