Master thesis PHI

The MSc thesis is the final part of the master study program. During a three to six month period - under close supervision of a staff member of Philosophy - students will engage in a full research cycle. The research concerns real-life problems with societal relevance, the results can also be translated into practical recommendations.

Selecting a topic

The first step in working on a Master thesis is the selection of a topic. You can either develop your own thesis topic or select an available thesis topic from the PHI group (see below). Please note that the topic of your thesis must always be approved by your supervisor.
It is advised, to choose a topic that is close to the research being carried out by the chair group, in order to ensure proper supervision and guidance.

If you need some inspiration, here are some options:

  • Check the list of available thesis topics below
  • Attend PHI thesis colloquia of fellow students
  • Visit the research page to see the research interests of the chair group.
  • Check the fields of interest of our staff below

As soon as you have made up your mind contact the PHI thesis coordinator Leon Pijnenburg. After discussing the possible topic(s) and the courses you have followed, he may direct you to a possible supervisor for your thesis within thePHI group.

Below you find the list of available topics by staff member. Over time this list will change as opportunities are taken by fellow students or new opportunities arise. Please check availability with the concerning staff member.


Available thesis topics

Fields of interest of our staff

Vincent Blok

Responsible innovation
Philosophy of technology and innovation
Business ethics
Philosophy of management
Philosophy of circular biobased economy?

Bernice Bovenkerk

De relationele dier-ethiek
Het 'marginal cases' argument in de dier-ethiek
Wat betekent de theorie van extended cognition voor de morele status van dieren?
Bijvangst terug aan land

Bart Gremmen

Ethics in life sciences
Responsible innovation
Animal welfare
Genetic modification

Josette Jacobs

Community based learning
Honours investigation
Sustainability dilemma’s
Climate change

Koen Kramer

Welke rol heeft het voorzorgsprincipe precies gespeeld in de reacties van bloedtransfusiediensten op SARS?
Hoe hangen de inhoud en de rechtvaardiging van bloedveiligheids-maatregelen samen met de 'deliberation and decision-making tools' die gehanteerd worden?

Leon Pijnenburg

Voedselbank: een charitas organisatie op basis van vrijwilligers of een organisatie van moreel gedreven burgers
Afrikaanse politieke theorie (met name in het werk van Kwasi Wiredu)
De politieke openbaarheid: chaotisch gekrakeel of rationeel debat

Zoë Robaey

Responsibility in practice
Learning-by-doing and responsibility
Synthetic foods

Marcel Verweij

The food industry’s responsibility for to promote health
Research ethics for food studies
Food fortification to prevent micronutrient malnutrition
Fluoridation of drinking water

Cor van der Weele

In vitro meat (cultured meat)
Processes of change concerning meat
Science and its blind spots
Science, philosophy and art
Biology, metaphors and philosophy
Pulses (beans, lentils, chickpeas..)