Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in French and German Philosophies: Contemporary Challenges

Entidades parceiras: Charles University in Prague, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Université Catholique de Louvain, Bergische Universität - Gesamthochschule Wuppertal, Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès (ex Toulouse 2 Le Mirail)

General Objectives of the Course

The course aims a thorough development of conceptual, critical and interpretative skills regarding philosophical problems, both (a) in its founding conceptual framework, embracing conceptual, discursive and metaphysical main questions, as (b) in interdisciplinary and applied developments in the fields of literature and media studies, embracing the literary expression and mediatic reflection of contemporary themes. As a result, the students should know how to recognize and to apply philosophical and interdisciplinary concepts and skills in the following areas: aa) Themes and influences from the German Classical Philosophy to the 21st Century, regarding questions and authors from Kant to Sloterdijk; bb) French Hermeneutical Phenomenology and philosophical thought from Maine de Biran to Ricouer and Richir; cc) Interdisciplinary themes and problems from Camus to A. Djebar, M. Houellebecq, A. Tourraine ou M. Castells.

Admission Requirements

Having concluded a superior education equivalent to 3 years, at least, after secondary school (considered equivalent to 180 ECTS); having followed an universitary course of philosophy or history of philosophy; mastering written and spoken French or German, and readiness to follow intensive language courses, if needed.

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

Professional Goals

Main professional goals are university teaching and scientific research. Examples of graduates at this course, among others, are Zhang Wei, professor and dean at the do Departament of Philosophy at the Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China), G. Chernavin, professor at the School for High Economic Studies (Moscow, Russia), M. Nagasaka, professor at the Gunma Prefectural Women's University (Japan). A survey carried out in 2016/2017 (see concluded that 80% of the graduates are engaged in doctoral studies, with fellowship grants or as teaching-researchers in many different countries. Some graduates are in other professional activities, as research (CLASCO, Argentina, about deforestation), diplomacy (Brasil), energy sector (China), help programme to rural populations (Brasil).

Mode of Study

Full-Time, Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

French; the dissertation may be written also in other languages, according to the regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra

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

a) Critical and thorough mastering of specially selected issues of the two main continental philosophical traditions; b) Structured skills allowing to bring to contemporary philosophical discussion the specificity of the philosophical point of view and its intersection with the literature and the science of comunication; c) Up-to-date knowledge of the History of Philosophy, in particular of core topics in Idealism and French and German Phenomenology and Political Philosophy; d) The ability to study and to develop Philosophy in the context of the European cultural and philosophical interactions and regarding the philosophical and cultural globalization; e) The skills to develop philosophical work in a multi-linguistic context; f) Mastering of high-level research methodologies in the field of philosophy leading to a publishable dissertation.

Course Coordinator(s)

Diogo Falcão Ferrer

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Albano Augusto Figueiredo Rodrigues

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

Graduation Requirements

The student must complete 120 ECTS in three universities of the Europhilosophie consortium, including a Master dissertation at the end of the second year. The student must also attend to the integration and winter traineeships, which take place each year in one of the universities of the consortium.

Access to Further Studies

The course gives access worldwide to doctoral programs.

Study Programme

German and French Philosophies: Contemporary Challenges

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: M504

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 20-09-2021
End date: 18-12-2021
2nd Semester
Start date: 07-02-2022
End date: 21-05-2022


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2017-03-08 a 2023-03-07
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior