The bachelor’s programme takes three years. The language of instruction is English. The teaching is based on high level academic research and stands in a long tradition of Leiden scholarship. Your lecturers and supervisors will include internationally recognised scholars in a wide range of philosophical disciplines.
Develop your competences
The programme gradually prepares you for independent study and research. The first year focuses on study skills like reading, argument analysis, and writing short essays. The second year focuses on presentation skills, argument design, and advanced writing. In the third year you will be combining these skills in specialist seminars, with the bachelor’s thesis as your final proof of competence.
Year 1: Acquiring the basics
- Core knowledge is taught in twelve compulsory courses.
- Subjects include Ethics, Metaphysics, Arabic Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Epistemology, and Comparative Philosophy.
- As a first-year student you will have roughly 20 contact hours per week. The remaining 20 hours are for reading and writing assignments.
Read more about your first year.
Year 2: Advancing knowledge and skills
- The first semester has six compulsory courses on subjects such as Chinese Philosophy, Concepts of Selfhood, and Political Philosophy.
- The second semester is for optional studies, which you can use for taking a minor or elective courses at your own discretion, doing an internship, or studying abroad.
- The flexibility of the programme allows you to spread these optional studies over two semesters, including the first semester of your third year.
Year 3: Spreading your wings
- In your third year you will take part in five advanced philosophy seminars of your own choice, typically with student presentations and a final paper based on a research proposal of your own design.
- Writing your bachelor’s thesis in the final semester will be your capstone project!