Philosophical Research (Joint degree)

Arts and Humanities

The Inter-university University Master in Philosophical Research is an official program that has emerged from an overhaul of the masters in Philosophy offered by participating universities. On one hand, it has arisen from a transformation in the Masters in Contemporary Philosophy and their historical underpinnings, currently taught at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Murcia (verified by ANECA) and the Master in Philosophical Research that is taught at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Universidad de La Laguna (also verified by ANECA). The master exists thanks to the joint efforts of 3 universities solely.

General information

  • Credits: 60 ECTS
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Methodology: Classroom-based
  • Type: Inter-university
  • Place:
    • Faculty of Humanities
  • Academic direction:
  • Taking into consideration the national, international and institutional context of the three universities, we have felt it necessary to form a strategic alliance in order to design an inter-university masters program that is capable of adding academic or research staff to research teams and to projects demonstrating excellence or significant social impact. In this sense, this makes this masters a pioneering masters, because although there are other inter-university masters out there that specialised in an area of Spanish universities, none brings together experts from four different areas who, based on their numbers, are capable of developing the different specialities in question
  • Individuals graduating from this masters will be qualified to: pursue a PhD, or, work in academia either in teaching or in research in a wide variety of multidisciplinary fields, computing departments, logic, or the philosophy of science
    General
    • Students must produce and defend via logical arguments the validity of philosophical judgements on theoretical or practical problems related to the fairness of interactions between humans or between mankind and nature
    • Students must be able to analyse and recognise the underlying political and axiological grounds that are present no matter the discipline or context
    • Students must assess and critique the value of scientific knowledge and technological innovation as a means through which social transformation takes place during their philosophical research
    • Students must establish the objectives, goals and priorities of their philosophical research, and organise resources and deadlines as required, this includes managing established procedures

    Specific
    • Students must be capable of independently searching for and gathering specialised information on topics and lines of research in areas of philosophical knowledge covered in the Master.
    • Students must possess an advanced and in-depth understanding of lines of contemporary philosophical research and human praxis, such as the mind, language, technology, science, society, culture, ethics, politics, the arts and aesthetics; and also the social, cultural and historic contexts, in which these are found
    • Students must write research papers and essays, autonomously and without assistance, using arguments that are consistent and capable of justifying their thesis; they must also provide evaluations of contemporary philosophical proposals, placing a critical eye on their historical and theoretical groundings
    • Students must be able to define and identify the topics and lines of research in the areas of philosophical knowledge that are covered in the Masters.
    • Students must apply the philosophical knowledge that they acquire in order to analyse and critique practical and/or theoretical solutions posed for today’s complex and globalised societies
    • Students must design, write and publicly defend their philosophical research thesis
    • Students must understand the importance of i) public RDI plans, ii) the social recognition of findings, and iii) the impact factor of different research dissemination channels on research opportunities and public/private funding during one’s research career

  • This master is aimed at:
  • Profile 1: Individuals holding an undergraduate degree in Philosophy
  • Profile 2: Individuals holding undergraduate degrees in Social Sciences, Philology, or from a humanities background
  • Profile 3: Graduates from any other subject area, or those possessing qualifications equivalent to degree level or higher.
  • Applications from candidates matching profiles 2 & 3 will be assessed by the Master’s Academic Commission. Having reviewed the subjects taken by the applicant (not relating to Philosophy), the Commission may offer suggestions regarding their chosen study path and academic opportunities. Applicants are not obliged to follow these suggestions and they merely serve as career guidance and academic orientation for applicants.

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