The Masters Programme in Contemporary Thought: Philosophy and Political Thought was founded in 2004 to create a space for education, research, debate, and reflection, where philosophy and contemporary political thought are employed to confront the major problems of our time.
The main objectives of the Masters Programme are (i) to give students the necessary tools to embark successfully on academic research, especially in the areas of philosophy and the social sciences; (ii) to prepare students to be eligible for the best national and international Ph.D. programmes in philosophy and the social sciences; (iii) to enrich the knowledge and improve the analytical and theoretical skills of students who seek to participate effectively in the country’s public debate and cultural life.
The programme has, furthermore, two additional objectives which bring further benefits to our students:
(iv) to involve the students in the various study groups and research projects of the professors;
(v) to develop mechanisms for an effective internationalization of the programme and, by extension, of the University (for instance, to encourage and sponsor student exchanges and research visits in universities in Chile and abroad).
The content and the approach to the issues can be highly interdisciplinary, although the training provided, the methodology taught, and the skills developed are specifically philosophical in orientation. One can see clear expressions of this interdisciplinarity in both the research of the professors of the Masters Programme and in the profile of the students who are enrolled in the programme.
The Masters Programme is mainly aimed at students who wish to embark on an academic career and, specifically, wish to pursue doctoral studies. A key strategic objective of the programme is to prepare its students for the best national and international doctoral programmes in philosophy and the social sciences.
The Masters Programme is aimed especially at students who wish to embark on an academic career and who, specifically, seek to pursue doctoral studies, and at professionals who would like to deepen their knowledge of political philosophy and acquire analytical skills.