Master’s degree in Philosophy

General Objectives of the Course

The aim of the program is to train professionals in education, research, dissemination and application of knowledge in different fields of Philosophical Studies. Students should acquire and develop the following competencies:
• in-depth knowledge of the history of philosophical thinking and the main contemporary philosophical themes;
• hermeneutic understanding of the relationship between different traditions, namely religious, cultural and historical traditions;
• mobilization of relevant information for the analysis of philosophical problems;
• mastery of the languages of instruction and assessment and application of research competences, as well as mastery of methodological procedures specific to philosophical work;
• critical application of specific philosophical knowledge to real problems in broad and multidisciplinary contexts;
• development and consolidation of competences within ethics and applied ethics (bioethics, ethics of communication, business ethics, ethics and politics, cultural promotion);
• argumentative competences in the field of human relations in terms of their forms of communication and action;
• communication and argumentation skills and the ability to promote and participate in critical debates both in philosophical contexts and in contexts which involve non-expert audiences;
• varied and updated philosophical, cultural and scientific interests.

Admission Requirements

a) holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy or a legal equivalent;
b) holders of a Bachelor’s degree in other fields and a curriculum vitae considered to be adequate by the Scientific Commission of the course;
b) holders of a foreign higher academic degree, that was awarded after accomplishing a 1st cycle in Philosophy, which should be structured according to the principles of the Bologna Process in an adhering country to this Process;
c) holders of a foreign higher academic degree that is recognized to meet the objectives of the Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Humanities;
d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Humanities.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

Masters in Philosophy are qualified to work in the following areas or services: research and teaching in the field of Philosophical Studies; management of cultural activities, including especial competencies in the field of aesthetics, literature, history and arts. Graduate students are qualified to work in public relations services, human resources management in the administrative sector in public or private entities; to organize courses within the scope of bioethics, eco-ethics and of applied ethics in general; to develop cultural activities in private companies, state services and in educational and cultural institutions. They may also work in marketing and creative advertising, creative consultancy related to training courses management and they may work in the field of publishing.

Mode of Study

Daytime / Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

- Expand, develop and deepen the knowledge obtained in the 1st cycle;
- through complementary, innovative and specialized instruction, acquire competences (working instruments, specific and transversal knowledge, reflection, research and self-learning skills) that provide the necessary autonomy to carry out research projects and work, or professional activities in the areas of their academic education, or to make an appropriate and critical use of the instruments needed to adapt to activities in related fields.

Course Coordinator(s)

Mário Avelino Santiago Carvalho

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Luís António Ferreira Correia Umbelino

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; Ordinance nº 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Students should obtain a total of 120 ECTS, by attending curricular units with successful assessment (60 ECTS) and a successful assessment in the public defense of the dissertation (60 ECTS).

Access to Further Studies

PhD degree studies.

Study Programme


Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: 9293

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 09-09-2024
End date: 14-12-2024
2nd Semester
Start date: 03-02-2025
End date: 22-05-2025


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2023-07-27 a 2026-07-27
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Ef 1658/2011/AL01