Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy

General Objectives of the Course

Students will acquire the following general or specific knowledge and skills:
1. a solid knowledge of the history of philosophical thought and a broad understanding of the contemporary debate among the different fields of philosophy;
2. a mastery of terminology, concepts and methods used in the analysis of issues, modes of argumentation and interpretation in different fields of philosophy and human praxis;
3. ability to use different kinds of information sources (bibliographic sources, databases, etc.);
4. the ability to express themselves and interact, putting themselves in the other’s place and using pertinent and persuasive strategies of communication;
5. the ability to apply the acquired knowledge to clarify and solve problems that are outside the scope of their own knowledge.
6. A further general aim is to promote access to (post)graduate studies.

Admission Requirements

National Call for Access and Entry to Higher Education (DGES):

One of the following subjects:
06 Philosophy
18 Portuguese

Application score: 95 points (0-200 scale)
Entry exams: 95 points (0-200 scale)

Calculation Formula:
Secondary school average: 50%
Entry exams: 50%

Other forms of access (UC-applicants):
- Change of Institution / Course Pair Schemes;
- Special Access Call for over 23-years-olds;
- Special Access Call for Holders of Other Higher Education Courses;
- Special Call for International Students.

This information does not exempt the consultation of the webpage of the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES) and/or of the Applicants website. Please, visit the DGES and the Applicants websites

Professional Goals

Researcher; Public Administration Official; Public Relations Officer; Civic, Editorial and Cultural Management; Advisor and Consultant (in bioethics, corporate responsibility, intercultural relations, social mediation, personal development, etc.).

Mode of Study


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 the grade comprises more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according 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

The aim of this bachelor’s program in Philosophy is foster the students’ personal and professional development, enabling them to understand and address, based on a solid education in philosophy, fundamental questions related to knowledge and human existence and action in a complex society and in a complex world.

A. To this end, the program is organized in order to enable students to:
a) Understand the most important concepts, theories and working methods in the field of philosophy;
b) Apply the knowledge and tools acquired to real life problems;
c) Broaden their knowledge through research and analysis of new problems;
d) Convey the knowledge and information acquired through different means (e.g. teaching and other forms of dissemination).

B. In addition, to the extent that philosophy is open to the free discussion of ideas and strives to define with precision the concepts it uses in order to test the validity of all arguments, it should contribute, in accordance with the role assigned to it by UNESCO, to developing the following abilities in students:
a) To have a better understanding of human experience, knowledge and praxis;
b) To think with independence and resist various forms of propaganda;
c) To contribute to an increased understanding and tolerance among individuals, groups, societies, cultures and civilizations;
d) To act as a free and socially responsible citizen.

Course Coordinator(s)

Alexandre Guilherme Barroso Matos Franco Sá

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Diogo Falcão Ferrer

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 nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; Ordinance nr 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Achievement of the passing grade in a set of curricular units that amount to a total of 180 ECTS.

Access to Further Studies

Second cycle of studies (Master’s degree).

Study Programme

Philosophy With Minor

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9139

Qualification Awarded: Bachelor's Degree

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2022-07-31 a 2028-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 28/2015