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:

This Master’s Degree is aimed at students who are interested in the search for studies in Philosophy that are on the cutting edge of our day and times. First, graduates or undergraduate Bachelor´s Degree holders in Philosophy are eligible for access to this degree, those who wish to continue broadening their education and training in Philosophy, especially in the thematic areas in which the present Master's Degree is orientated: the analysis of the human condition in various fields and dimensions (cultural, scientific, anthropological, ethical, political, aesthetic), and in its opening to and problem-solving nature of transcendence.

Graduates in the branch of Humanities and Social Sciences will also be admitted, in related areas such as Anthropology, Philology, History, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, History of Art, Educational Sciences ... The possibility of admitting students coming from scientific-technical branches will be considered, provided that they show interest in and mastery of philosophical thinking.  In this latter case, they will take a level test consisting of reading and commenting on a philosophical text, with a rubric evaluation, which will be an essential requirement for admission.

This Master´s Degree will train students interested in the field to develop an academic-research career in future Doctoral Studies. This Master’s Degree is also orientated, therefore, to students who are enrolling with a view to pursuing postgraduate training in Philosophy, and who come from other Spanish and foreign universities.

Admission requirements

In compliance with the corresponding internal academic regulations of the University (adapted to RD 1393/2007 of October 29, modified by Royal Decree 861/2010), those who fulfill the following requirements will be eligible for admission to the degree:

  • Holders of an official Spanish university degree, issued by an educational institution of the European Higher Education Area that enables access to education in Master's Degree studies.
  • Holders of a Bachelor´s Degree, degree in Architecture or in Engineering, in accordance with the University System prior to that established in RD 1393/2007.
  • In the case of students with degrees from countries outside the European Higher Education Area, not validated for the equivalent degree in Spain by the Ministry of Education, the interested party must present a request for admission to the Rector, who will make a decision once informed by the Sub-Commission Delegated for Admissions to Master's Programs. Admission through this process will not imply the prior homologation/validation or the recognition of the degree to any other effects than those of being approved for enrollment in the Master’s Degree Program.

Admission process and criteria

With regard to admission to this Master’s Degree, the process that will be followed is outlined below:

  • To be admitted by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the proposal of the Director of the Department of Philosophy, Humanities and Communication, assisted by the Committee for Admissions, composed of the Director of the Master's Degree, or professor designated by the Director, and the Vice Dean of Academic Organization .
  • The application for admission must be submitted within the application period indicated for that purpose, in standardized form, and accompanied by all documents proving compliance with the requirements for admission to the degree.
  • The student must present a curriculum vitae and the academic transcript of the degree that he / she has previously completed, together with the application form for admission. In the case of those persons proceeding from degrees that are not related to Philosophy, an admission test consisting of a reading and commentary of the philosophical text will be carried out under a rubric evaluation that guarantees the objectivity of the evaluation.
  • The Director of the Master's Degree will conduct an interview with the applicant.

Admission criteria for all applicants:

  • Academic transcript (50%).
  • Personal interview of the candidate with the Director of the Master’s Degree (40%).
  • Academic and professional trajectory of the candidate (10%).

If the student interested in admission to the degree has some type of physical disability, he / she can receive information and obtain personalized support by enquiring at the Social Work Service. This University service will develop, among other initiatives, a Program of Attention to Students with Disabilities, and a social worker will be assigned to each case.

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.

Admission application filing period

From 8 January to 13 September 2018

Information notice on the documents to be submitted


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

Read further information here.


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:

September 2018 (first semester)

January 2019 (second semester)


Main Campus Alberto Aguilera, 23

Places available:




Admission Tests:

Interviews are conducted from the opening of the enrollment period until the week before the start of classes. Exams for admission to the degree for those who come from degrees not related to Philosophy, will be carried out during the admission process, on a date or dates designated by the Director of the Master’s Degree.

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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