Official Master's Degree in Philosophy: Humanism and Transcendence

Submission of applications:
Admission not allowed.

1 year (Full-time study)

Information session

Credits: 60 ECTS
Places available: 40, Spanish

Our course explores how philosophical anthropology, ethics, esthetics, phenomenology of religion, philosophy of science, metaphysics and language largely contribute to the development of a renewed and deeper understanding of what religion means. These disciplines are considered in terms of both current trends and the essential nature of their historical evolution since Antiquity.

This Master's Degree consists of a series of seminars that seek to show, through action, philosophical thinking and its extraordinary relevance to the critical problems of contemporary society, and serve as guidance to engage in research in a fully autonomous manner, in some of today's most interesting fields of philosophy.



Who is it intended for?

Candidates must have an interest in acquiring advanced knowledge about the process of research in philosophy, especially with regard to the issues related to the possibility of the human condition overlapping the realm of transcendence. Candidates should hold a Bachelor's or Licentiate Degree.


Attendance mode:

Regular students may study the Master's Degree either on a full-time or part-time basis. There is also a special student registration modality available.

The maximum time that a student may take to complete the Master's program is four consecutive years. Class attendance is compulsory for all students and is verified by the respective lecturer.


Admission application filing period:

Application filing start date: March 1 
Applications are accepted until: August 28 
There is a maximum of 40 places. In addition to providing proof of having completed the degree programs required by the Spanish laws entitling students to enroll (candidates must hold a Bachelor's or Licentiate Degree, Degree in Engineering or in Architecture, or other expressly stated as equivalent degree), applicants will be required to attend an interview with the Course Director.

The registration period closes one week after the start of the seminars in each term.

Information notice on the documents to be submitted.

In the event that the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, the Course Director will select candidates by taking into consideration the interview, the extent to which the resume covers the aspects related to research studies in philosophy and, if a third criterion were needed, the average grade awarded to the candidate in the undergraduate studies that are most relevant to the study of philosophy.

Applicants coming from fields other than philosophy and humanities will be required to complete a further course of study in the history of philosophy comprising at least 9 ECTS, which is a module within the Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy.

Application for recognition of prior studies must be submitted once along with student's initial University registration process. It will include all the courses and subjects for which recognition is sought, regardless of the course to which they relate, and must be accompanied by documentation demonstrating their official nature, content, credits and grade awarded.

Master's subjects or studies undertaken within the framework of an inter-university or inter-faculty agreement are automatically recognized.

Accredited work and professional experience may also be recognized.

However, Master's projects or dissertations are not recognized toward the Master's credits.

Under no circumstance will more than 40% of the credits of the Master's program be recognized.



The fees for the 2015-2016 academic year are as follows:

First academic year:

  • Total: € 2,665.50, broken down into € 877.50 for registration and 8 installments of € 223.50

Second academic year:

  • Total: € 2,665.50, broken down into € 877.50 for registration and 8 installments of € 223.50

There is the possibility to enroll in single subjects as a special student.



The Master's program is studied full time over four terms, the last of which is reserved for writing the final Master's project or dissertation under supervision. The seminars follow the same timetable as the Bachelor's Degree modules at the University: they begin in the first week of September (in the first four-month period), and in the third week of January (in the second four-month).


Course times:

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 18:00 - 21:15. Each seminar lasts 90 minutes, with a 15-minute break between the two that are taught every day in the afternoon. 


Classes begin on:

September 1



Alberto Aguilera, 23 Campus


Places available:



Information point:
Secretary of the Dean's Office at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Ana Fernández Catalina 
C/ Universidad Comillas, 3
28049 Madrid 
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Tel. 91 734 3950, ext. 2620



The aim is to train students in the fundamental issues of philosophical reflection on the human condition, transcendence, and the search for meaning (for the sake of existence itself, society, nature and history) by critically analyzing the most significant concepts that revolve around these and which consist not only of philosophical literature itself, but also of that relating to religion and all forms of art. Thus, students should be trained to develop original thoughts and ideas that are then applied in an integrated and coherent manner to new and interdisciplinary contexts.


Personalized seminars and tutorials.


Each seminar involves continuous evaluation and requires the students to submit a final report in which the entire work is summarized, or a short research paper, under the supervision of the course tutor. The final Master's project or dissertation is supervised by an especially appointed tutor and is then reviewed by a panel of three of the Master's course lecturers.


The Master's program comprises three academic terms, with face-to-face workshops, one without seminars and only with tutorials, reserved to writing the final research paper.

The studies are structured into the following modules:

  • Understanding human nature through the history of philosophical reflection.
  • The place of the divine in human culture.
  • Ethics and Religion.
  • Esthetic experience and the search for meaning.
  • Research methodology in philosophy.
  • Research Project.

The total 60 ECTS are broken down as follows:

The four seminars in module 1 are compulsory (The Greek concept of human nature and approaches to transcendence; Understanding human and divine nature in the Middle Ages; the human condition and transcendence in Modernity; the human condition and the search for meaning in contemporary thought) as are the three seminars in module 2 (The language of religious experience and its logic; Science and religion; Anthropology and phenomenology in religion). In module 3, the seminar on Theism and moral autonomy is mandatory, and the students must choose one of the following two: Philosophy's mediation in intercultural and inter-religious dialog: cooperation and conflict; Solidarity, democracy and secularism. In module 4, the seminar on Esthetic experience and transcendence is mandatory, and the students must choose one of the following two: The search for meaning in literature and film; Meaning and transcendence in visual arts and music.

The two methodological seminars are compulsory: Documentary resources and Analysis of philosophical texts.

All seminars are worth 3 ECTS. The remaining ECTS, namely 21, are allocated to the final master's project or dissertation.

2014-2014 PROGRAM:


MODULE 1: The Greek concept of human nature and approaches to transcendence.

MODULE 2: The language of religious experience and its logic; Science and religion.

MODULE 5: Documentary resources.


MODULE 1: Understanding human and divine nature in the Middle Ages; the human condition and transcendence in Modernity MODULE 2: Anthropology and phenomenology in religion. MODULE 3: Theism and moral autonomy. MODULE 4: Esthetic experience and transcendence. MODULE 5: Analysis of philosophical texts.

The remaining seminars are scheduled for the first term of the 2014-2015 academic year.

The core skills that students gain through the study of these modules are as follows:

Ability to apply their knowledge and ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts; integrate knowledge and handle the more complex aspects associated with formulating opinions on the basis of incomplete or limited information, including their views on social and ethical responsibility issues linked to the their action; communicate their conclusions and knowledge to specialized or lay audiences alike in a clear and unambiguous manner; analyze the ethical, political and sociocultural aspects of religion, both from a theoretical and practical perspective; recognize the contribution to meaning that the different religious traditions make to human life; analyze the various languages in which human experience is expressed; recognize the scope and limits of scientific knowledge; analyze the esthetic experience as regards the issue of transcendence and the ultimate meaning of life; know how to use digital media for publishing and library networks, as well as various digital scientific information resources; and, of course, have acquired the skills and methodological tools necessary to conduct rigorous personal research in philosophy.

Master's Course Director and Coordinator

Miguel Garcia-Baro 
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Tel. 91 734 3950, ext. 2564

All the lecturers with PhD that are part of this Department, in addition to some lecturers with PhD from the Faculty of Theology at Comillas Pontifical University.

Research; university faculty staff; cultural promotion work in publishing houses and newspapers; additional training for roles in education and teaching, and company leadership.

Master's program graduates may enroll in a PhD in Philosophy and acquire the necessary training to become lecturers or researchers in universities and research centers. Moreover, based on our students' experience, we can confidently say that graduates from this degree program are able to take up positions in cultural promotion in publishing houses and newspapers, and are also sought after, through appropriate additional training, to take up roles in company training and management.


También puede ser de tu interés el Máster Universitario de Profesor de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria y Bachillerato que la Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE oferta para poder ser profesor de Filosofía.

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