Master's Degree in Philosophy (MFIL): 2016-17

Branch of Knowledge Arts and Humanities
Organising Body(ies)
Programme management board
Number of Credits 60
Places available for new applicants 20


BOE publication date

Verification date (official approval by the spanish Quality an Accreditation Agency): 11/Dec/2013
Date of the Agreement of the Council of Ministers : 04/Apr/2014
BOE : Núm. 104 - 29/Apr/2014 - res. 4536
RUCT code : 4314199

Administration Service
Contact person(s)
Teaching Building
Supervising centre Centre for Postgraduate Studies
Public price per credit
  • 1st registration : 26,54€
  • 2nd registration : 43,13€
  • 3rd registration : 43,13€
  • 4th registration : 43,13€

Title Description

Candidate profile and admission requirements

Applicants should meet one of the following three sets of criteria:

  • Applicants with a degree from a Spanish institution
    Following the present regulations of the UIB, nationally-agreed requirements and directives established by the European Union, applicants should hold a bachelors degree or equivalent qualification. The following degrees are acceptable: diplomat, architect, technical engineer, advanced engineer and honours degrees.
  • Applicants with a degree from a foreign institution
    Following the present regulations of the UIB, students who hold a foreign higher-education qualification may apply when their foreign qualification is recognised, following due procedure, as equivalent of the Spanish qualification that gives access to the course. Nevertheless, the UIB reserves the right to admit foreign students although their qualifications have not been officially recognised, after verifying that they have been educated to a level equivalent to the Spanish degree system and that they hold the necessary qualifications to study postgraduate courses in their respective country. This process shall be carried out following due process established by the Postgraduate Study Centre.
  • Applicants who have begun PhD studies
    These applicants, following UIB regulations, Royal Decree 778/1998, Royal Decree 56/2005 of 21st January and other current legislation, may study official postgraduate courses and gain the official qualification of Master if they are offered a place and may apply for the recognition of prior learning in the areas of taught courses and research training, following the recognition process set out by the Postgraduate Study Centre. Their application for recognition of prior learning must be addressed to Postgraduate Study Centre.

Should the number of applicants be greater than the number of places offered, the Academic Committee will judge applications according to the following criteria:

  1. Academic CV (up to three points)
  2. Grants awarded (up to two points)
  3. Publications (up to two points)
  4. Attendance at conferences, courses and seminars (up to two points)
  5. Other merits (up to one point)

Academic and Professional Objectives

The Master's degree program has been designed according to the recommendations and criteria of the European Higher Education Area. Its educational aims have been adapted to the so-called 'Dublin Descriptors', and meet the criteria of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ENQA) and the Joint Quality Initiative.

Academic aims

The Master of Philosophy is a research master's degree program. Its principal aim is to allow students to acquire the basic tools for being able to do research in philosophy. Upon completion of the Master's Degree, students will be able to apply to PhD programs, in Spanish as well as foreign universities. At the same time, the Master's program will confer upon students fundamental knowledge in the various fields of philosophy, at an academic level beyond the one of a Bachelor's degree. Thus, the Master of Philosophy is aimed not only at students who plan to enter a PhD program, but also at those who wish to improve their training in philosophy.

Students will acquire a number of skills that are fundamental to academic research work, particularly writing of academic reports and research papers, publication in academic journals, use of bibliographic materials, capability of working by themselves and in a team, as well as public presentation and defense of their work.

Access to other professional courses and pathways

The Master's degree in Philosophy gives access to the PhD program in Philosophy at the University of the Balearic Islands. Likewise, it prepares students for entering PhD programs at other institutions.This course gives access to the PhD programme in Philosophy at the University of the Balearic Islands, thus offering continuity to all those who wish to continue their education. Likewise, the course prepares students to enter PhD studies at other institutions, provided these courses are in the same area of knowledge as this postgraduate course.

Course Structure

The course structure is available in this website, section " Subjects ".

The Master of Philosophy offers four itineraries:

  1. Contemporary Philosophical Tendencies;
  2. Theoretical Philosophy
  3. Science and Philosophy in the Contemporary World;
  4. Politics and Society in the Contemporary World.

Students will have to chose one of these itineraries. The itineraries are for organizational purposes only, and offer a suggested course program. Students can however choose freely among all the different courses offered, being the only mandatory course for all students the Methodology course ("Philosophy Study Methods"). The course load has to add up to a total of 48 ECTS credits (including the Methodology course). To complete the program, students must write and defend a Master's Thesis, worth a total of 12 ECTS credits. For this task, students will have to choose a supervisor among the Master's faculty, within their chosen itinerary.

The Master of Philosophy has a tutorial program that allows all students to get in touch with the program's coordinators to clarify any doubts about the program and its development. The UIB's intranet tool, Campus Extens, allows for a continuous flow of communication between students and faculty, as well as for the completion of the necessary administrative tasks in relation to the Master's Thesis.

Final Examination

Examinations are specific to each course, and do not necessarily comprise a final exam.

At the end of the Master's Degree program, students are required to defend a Master's Thesis. They will have to choose a topic and a supervisor, and present the project within set deadlines. The Thesis will have to be defended before a panel of three members assigned by the Master's Academic Committee.

Assessment Criteria and Examinations

The Methodology Course is the only subject matter that is mandatory for all students of the Master of Philosophy. In addition, all students must successfully defend their Master's Thesis.

ECTS Coordinating Lecturer

Dr. José Luis Luján López

Department   Filosofía y Trabajo Social , UIB.
Telephone  (34) 971 17 3025

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Dr. Jens Oliver Todt

Department   Filosofía y Trabajo Social , UIB.
Telephone  (34) 971 17 3025

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Administrative Procedures and Other Useful Information

Programme Suggestions Form

If you want to help us improve, or in case you have comments or suggestions to make, please let us know via our Contact Form - Center for Postgraduate Studies.

Quality Assurance System

Memòria de verificació
Indicadors del màster (MFIL)

Rendición de cuentas y transparencia

Process Document Course/Date
Tracing Informe anual de seguimiento y evaluación interno 2014-2015
Tracing Informe de seguimiento externo 16/09/2016

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