About this program


The Degree in Philosophy offers extensive training in the various philosophical areas, being a prestigious course, with a highly qualified faculty endowed with long experience in teaching and research.

What do you learn in the Licentiate of Philosophy?

  • Critically argue and produce an articulate, coherent, and rigorously grounded discourse;
  • Recognize and analyze the problems that human beings face, in the effort to understand themselves and the world;
  • Understand and question ideas regarding the nature of reality, knowledge, and values;
  • Identify problems that cross the domains of philosophy, science, arts, and culture.

What is done in the Degree in Philosophy?

  • It seeks to articulate tradition and the present, the history of philosophy and the concerns of the present, the knowledge of teachers, and the creativity of students.
  • Fundamental texts of the great masters of philosophy are read and commented on; problems related to the meaning of human existence are discussed; positions and arguments are debated; opinions about the world, science, and art clash; the ability to expose and develop one's own thinking is developed.

What is the Degree in Philosophy for?

  • The Degree in Philosophy, constituting an integral cycle of studies, prepares students to attend master's degrees, whether in the field of philosophical studies or in other fields of social sciences and humanities.
  • Furthermore, at a time when we are called upon to exercise a complex set of skills, both in the professional sphere, where an open and creative profile prevails and in the sphere of citizenship, where matters such as life and death are discussed, the organization social and political life, the future of the planet, etc., a degree in philosophy is an obvious choice.

Admission requirements

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Program content

1st year

  • Methodology of Philosophical Work
  • ancient philosophy
  • Philosophy of Knowledge
  • 2 optional subjects
  • Logic
  • epistemology
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • 2 optional subjects

2nd year

  • Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy of History
  • Political Philosophy
  • 2 optional subjects
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Nature
  • 2 optional subjects

3rd year

  • Ontology
  • aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • 2 optional subjects
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • ethic
  • Seminar: Reading and Interpretation of Philosophical Text

Program delivery

Duration: 3 years/6 semesters.

The student must complete 180 credits: 120 credits in the program of compulsory curricular units, 30 credits in the framework of conditioned options, and 30 credits in free options or in a minor in another scientific area.

Semestrally, the student must not enroll for more than 30 credits, respecting the precedence when these have been defined. At the beginning of each semester, the student will be advised on the curricular units to be taken, most appropriate to his/her academic path.

Undergraduate students can also benefit from the different mobility programs in which NOVA FCSH participates, such as Erasmus+, Almeida Garrett, among others, and participate in research work within the research units that make up the Faculty.


Tuition Fees

  • Foreign students: 697 €/year
  • Foreign students: 3500 €/year


Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to critically argue and produce a conceptually articulated, coherent, and rigorously grounded discourse;
  • Capacity to recognize, equate and clarify the problems that the human being encounters, in the effort to understand himself and the world;
  • Ability to question and understand ideas referring to the nature of reality, knowledge, and values, which are present in all areas of human experience;
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems that cross the domains of philosophy, science, arts, and culture.

Career paths

Outputs Professionals

  • Specialized Publishers and Booksellers
  • Newspapers and magazines (editing, translation and criticism of texts)
  • Cultural Programming and Management Agencies
  • Public Relations Departments
  • Political Advice
  • Cultural Production
  • Diplomatic Organizations
  • Teaching and Research Institutions

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