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The PhD Programme in Philosophy seeks to train PhDs in philosophy who can work in academic institutions around the world, promoting the internationalization of research carried out by students. Students are required to take specialized seminars, carry out outreach activities, and a research stay abroad is also required.

The programme includes the possibility of co-titling with prestigious foreign universities, such as the University of Leiden (Holland), the Free University of Amsterdam (Holland), the Radboud University of Nijmegen (Holland), the University Paris X (Nanterre), the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the FernUniversität in Hagen or the Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Germany).

The PhD Programme in Philosophy is aimed at students who have completed a master’s degree in a discipline related to the programme, who are interested in projecting their academic career and have the conditions to successfully complete a program of this level of demand. Exceptionally, applicants who have only a bachelor’s degree and have some previous training or experience in research may be accepted.



  • To train PhDs in philosophy capable of producing and communicating original and relevant scientific works in the field of philosophy, and that they can work in prestigious academic institutions.
  • Disseminate the research produced under the auspices of the doctorate and the Institute of Philosophy, and promote international collaboration networks that contribute to the academic development of students, graduates and professors.


Research lines

The programme specializes in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy and is structured according to two main lines of research:

  • Contemporary theories of rationality: this line aims to gather and support the development of research carried out within the general framework of contemporary theoretical philosophy, with special emphasis on problems related to the conceptions of rationality, its varieties, applications and uses. The main theoretical orientations studied are Kantian and Neo-Kantian philosophy, German idealism, the theory of knowledge, phenomenology and hermeneutics, and studies on artificial intelligence.
  • Political thought: this line aims to gather and support research focused on political thought, understood as a philosophical approach to the constitutive problems of life in human societies and the contemporary world. These analyzes are developed in the context of modern and contemporary philosophy and promote interdisciplinary approaches that include the relationship between philosophy and law, and philosophy and literature.

These lines are strongly supported by the work carried out by the Institute of Philosophy and replicate its structure.


Graduate profile

Graduates of the PhD Programme in Philosophy will be able to produce original, quality research according to international standards, and communicable in relevant and prestigious journals. Graduates will be able to join as full members in the international scientific community that corresponds to the subject of their specialty.

The marked international nature of the Programme and the possibility of a double degree will allow graduates to have research networks beyond the local or regional environment, together with the skills to work in prestigious academic institutions around the world.



The duration of the PhD is four years (divided into eight semesters), with the possibility of extending it for two more years as indicated in its regulations. The Programme requires exclusive dedication.

The study plan includes a total of 240 SCT credits, which fundamentally consider dedication to courses / seminars, meetings with the guide teacher, participation in colloquia or seminars, and hours of work / research that are usually carried out at the Institute of Philosophy.


Language of the PhD Programme

The main language of the Programme is Spanish and the seminars will be taught mainly in that language. The Doctoral Thesis can be carried out and defended in Spanish, although it is an objective of the programme that the Thesis be written and defended in English. If the thesis are written in Spanish, a synopsis of 20 to 30 pages in English must be attached. The thesis and submissions can also be written in French or German.

Start of classes

March 2024

Application period

July 3 to September 28, 2023


8 semesters