Official Master's Degree in Philosophy: Human Condition and Transcendence

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Submission of applications:
Start: January 8, 2018
End: September 13, 2018

1/3 years (Full/Part-time study)

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Credits: 60 ECTS
Places available: 20, Spanish

The Official Master’s Degree in Philosophy: Human Condition and Transcendence proposes a radical form of human thought, with all its strengths and weaknesses, in an attempt to critically analyse what might be the responses to the different crises of meaning we witness. With this objective, it explores the great contributions of philosophical anthropology, ethics, phenomenology of religion, the philosophy of science and language and metaphysics to develop renewed and in-depth understanding of the human condition and possibilities of its opening up to transcendence.

The Master's in Philosophy is aimed at those interested in the search for a Primary Philosophy that is of the level required in these times. There is a central focus on the practical dimension of philosophical reflection. It aims to enable students to engage in original investigation committed to reality with a new interdisciplinary focus that is sensitive to social context and which can be developed and applied to situations that pose new problems.

In the complex world in which we live, more diverse and sometimes directly oppose responses are increasingly emerging to the question of meaning. There are those whose insist upon the absence of meaning and those that impose a unique form of understanding and treating the human condition. Without falling into relativism, Philosophy has the task of opening up paths to dialogue and critical reflection on the multiplicity of perspectives that exist. We consider that in order to do so, there is an urgent need to analyse the truth of that in which people believe and explore the fundamentals of human dignity.

Applicant profile:

The recommended student profile is that of a person interested in acquiring advanced knowledge on the research processes used in philosophy, especially in questions related with the possibility of aperture of human nature to transcendence. Having completed a previous degree is a compulsory request. Having completed a previous degree, preferably in Philosophy, Theology, History, Humanities, Philology, Literature, Sociology or Psychology, is a compulsory request.

Admission requirements

Having obtained an official university degree in Spain, issued by an a Higher Education Institution of the European Higher Education Area that makes an student eligible to take a Master's Degree.

Or being in possession of a Licenciatura (four or five-year) Degree, an Architect Degree or an Engineer Degree pursuant the previous regulations no longer valid after Royal Decree 1393/2007.came into force.  If the student holds a Diplomatura (three-year) Degree, a Technical Architect Degree or a Technical Engineer Degree, taking an additional preparation course, based on competence and knowledges pivotal to the Degree in Philosophy, may be requested.

Admission process and criteria

Admissions must be submitted within the time frame stated, in a standard format and accompanied by all of the documents which certify the fulfilment of the entry requirements. Each admission request shall be jointly assessed by the Master' Degree Admission Committee, composed by the Master's Degree Director and the Deputy dean for Academic Planning.

The following criteria shall be considered.

  1. Academic record (50%)
  2. Result of the interview of the candidate with the programme director and/or coordinator (40%)
  3. Academic and professional background of the candidate (10%)

Besides providing supporting documents evidencing that the student has completed the courses required by the Spanish regulations in order to inscribe in this Master's Programme (that is, a Degree pursuant to the current regulations and a a Licenciatura Degree, an Architect Degree or an Engineer Degree pursuant to the previous regulations), applying candidates shall hold an interview with the Director.

In the event that demand for admission exceeds the number of places, the Management shall select candidates considering, besides their personal interview, the adequacy of their resume to these studies in philosophical research. If even a third criteria had to be used, the average mark obtained by applicants in those subjects more closely related to philosophical studies shall be considered.

Support programme for students with special needs

Attendance mode

Ordinary students may take the master either full-time or part-time. It is also possible to enrol as an extraordinary student.

The maximum term allowed for students to complete this Master's Degree is four consecutive years. Attending in-person lessons is compulsory for all students, and teachers shall be responsible for verifying such attendance.


You can apply for official scholarships of the Spanish Ministry of Education, complying with the corresponding call and deadlines.

Read further information here.

Admission application filing period

From 8 January to 13 September 2018

Information notice on the documents to be submitted

Additional Training/Recognition

Those aspiring candidates not coming form the areas of philosophy or humanities shall need to take additional in History of Philosophy of at least 9 ECTS credits, which shall be taken as subjects belonging to the Philosophy degree.

A request for recognition of previous studies must be submitted in a single file at the time of the first inscription of the student in this University. This request must include all studies which are sought to be recognised, independently of the course, and must have attached any document supporting the official nature of such studies, their contents, number of credits and marks obtained.

All Master's Degree made in the framework of an inter-university or inter-faculty agreement shall be automatically recognised.

Duly justified work and professional experience may also be recognised.

Any credits corresponding to a End of Master Project may not be recognised.

The maximum of credits from a Master's Programme to be recognised shall be 40% in all cases.


The fees for academic year 2018-2019 shall be:

  • Total 5,750.00 € broken down in an 1,905.60 € inscription fee and 8 monthly fees of 480,60 € each.
  • As a full-time student: one year (60 ECTS)
  • As a part-time student: up to 3 years; minimum number of credits to be inscribed in the first year is 30 ECTS.

Mondays to Thursdays from 6 pm to 9.15 pm

Classes begin on:

October 2018 (first semester)

January 2019 (second semester)


Main Campus Alberto Aguilera, 23

Places available:



Admission Tests:

Interviews are carried out from the opening of the inscription period to the week previous to the beginning of classes.

Direction / Coordination
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Information Point

Secretary of the Dean Office of the School of Human and Social Sciences
Ana Fernández Catalina
C/ Universidad Comillas, 3
28049 Madrid
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Tel. 91 734 3950, ext. 2620


The objective of this Master's Degree is to educate students in the fundamental pillars of philosophical thinking regarding human condition, transcendence and the search for a meaning (a meaning to our own existence, to society, to nature and to history) though critical analysis of the most significant concepts offered by philosophy regarding these issues, and which have been reflected not only in philosophical traditions, but also on religious beliefs and by all arts. In this sense, our students shall acquire the capacity to offer original and applied developments to new interdisciplinary approaches in a consistent and integral manner.


Seminaries and personalised tutorials.

General skills
  • CG 01 - Being capable of applying acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively little known environments related with the issues addressed by this course.
  • CG 02 - Being capable of reconciliating complex knowledge and facing the inherent difficulties of formulating conclusions including personal thought on social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying the philosophical theories studied in this course.
  • CG 03 - Being able to communicate their own knowledge, conclusions and final principles that support those conclusions in a clear, understandable, unambiguous manner.
  • CG 04 - Possessing learning skills and an interest for conducting further research so that students are enabled to continue teaching themselves once this course has been completed.
  • CG 05 - Being able to search, obtain and process specific information from literature in order to transform such information into scientific knowledge, and apply such information to philosophical research in a critical and creative study.
  • CG 06 - Being able to understand and establish the goals of a research project.
  • CG 07 - Being familiar and capable of managing the necessary IT tolls to access document sources and share literature and research results.
  • CG 08 - Offering critical interpretations and conclusions regarding the lines of argument of main philosophical texts.
Specific skills
  • CE 01 - Summarising and critically addressing any ontological, epistemological and ethical fundamentals of the the schools of thought studied in History of Philosophy.
  • CE 02 - Incorporating and applying different studied philosophical methods and systems to a contemporary analysis of human condition and its possibility of transcendence.
  • CE 03 - Defining, verifying and criticizing the contributions made to the discourse on human condition by the different cultural and religious traditions analysed.
  • CE 04 - Interpreting and justifying the importance of literary and artistic traditions expressing aperture to transcendence as a trait of human condition.
  • CE 05 - Being capable of verifying and critically analyse scientific developments, assessing their impact in the theological and philosophical conceptions of human condition.
  • CE 06 - Defining and justifying proposals for establishing a dialogue between science and religion with regard to their different representations of the human condition.

Dates and schedule for Master's Degree evaluations.

General University Academic Calendar

This Master's Programme is structured in 6 knowledge areas, with a total number of 17 subjects, all of them worth 3 ECTS credits except for:

  • Seminar on Methodology (6 ECTS credits)
  • Critical reading and analysis of specialised texts (6 ECTS credits)
  • End of Master Project (6 ECTS credits)

This Master's Degree structure of Knowledge Areas and Subjects, as well as its ECTS credits and their type, is described in the following table: 

Understanding the human representation along the history of philosophical thinking The questions of human condition and transcendence in Ancient Philosophy 3 CO
The questions of human condition and transcendence in Ancient Philosophy 3 CO
The human condition and the search for a meaning in Modern Philosophy 3 CO
The human condition and the search for a meaning in Contemporary Philosophy 3 CO
God, Man and World in metaphysical discourse 3 CO
The role of divinity in human culture Religious experience and the meaning of life 3 CO
Science and religion 3 CO
Anthropology and phenomenology of religions 3 CO
Ethics and religion Theism and moral philosophy 3 CO
Philosophical mediation in intercultural and interfaith dialogue 3 OP
The questions of human condition and transcendence in political thinking 3 OP
Aesthetic experience and the search for meaning Aesthetic experience and aperture to transcendence 3 CO
Search of meaning in literature and cinema 3 OP
Search for meaning in plastic arts and music 3 OP
Methodology of philosophical research Seminar on Methodology 6 CO
Critical reading and analysis of specialised texts 9 CO
End of Master Project End of Master Project 9 CO
Graduate profile

Students that take this Masters's Degree acquire the necessary competences so that, from different professional outlooks (teaching, editorial, cultural management, journalism, intercultural dialogue, etc.) may address the question of radical rethinking the question of human condition, with its light and shadow, in order to be able to critically analyse which are the responses that may be offered to the several meaning crisis what we are undergoing in these days.

Currently, in Spain, no other Master's Degree addresses the same contents as this one. The profile of other post-graduate programmes is either more practice-oriented (focusing on the fields of Ethics and Politics) or theoretical, focusing in Theory of Knowledge (analytic philosophy, logic, theory of argumentation) or historical (History of Philosophy, History of Spanish thinking). The intention of this Master's Degree is to reconcile these approaches and to enable students to carry out original and responsible research projects in this sense, with new, interdisciplinary approaches, committed with their labour and social environment and which may be developed and applied in situations which pose new challenges.

Academic Career Paths

Doctorate Program in Philosophy: Humanism and Transcendence

Comillas Pontifical University has a long experience in teaching in knowledge field that lead to obtaining a degree in Philosophy. The Philosophy studies offered are characterised by their plurality and openness to human experience in all its representations. In this Master's Degree, the approach of philosophy is based in anthropological interests, the question of searching for meaning and aperture to transcendence, providing advanced knowledge, open to critical research and rethinking. All this is addressed from an interdisciplinary approach and a systematic and historical analysis of all relevant issues. Our University boasts the best scientific conditions to make your first steps in philosophical research, not only due to the prestige enjoyed by their teachers and lecturers who are regularly invited to some sessions, but also due to the clearly international character of its students. Besides, it houses an excellent library and its own philosophy research and documentation magazine.


Official Master's Degree in Philosophy: The main objective of Human Condition and the Transcendent is to offer students a sound base on the fundamental themes of philosophical thinking regarding the human condition, transcendence, and the search for a meaning. 

Besides Official Master's Degree in Philosophy on Human Condition and the Transcendent, you may also be interested in the Official Master's Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education and Bachillerato Teaching.

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