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Master in Philosophy/Political Philosophy

Academic year: 2019-20

Study mode: 3 semesters full-time

Course location: Nova University of Lisbon, Campolide Campus




The Lisbon Master in Political Philosophy is an advanced postgraduate degree entirely taught in English. Within the Master, you will explore the nature of political phenomena and develop critical capacities to analyse the most pressing controversies in contemporary societies. The programme provides important philosophical knowledge for students to carry out academic research in this discipline at the highest international level. Also, it offers analytic competencies of great relevance for a wide range of careers, including policy-making, public administration, media, diplomacy and beyond.


The Master focuses both on the historical underpinnings of today’s political thought and on the discussions of current issues such as the practice of human rights, the future of liberalism and European integration. In this sense, you will scrutinise the tensions between global and local justices caused by different moral and political spheres. You will also study the anthropological foundations of Man as a political animal, both from the viewpoint of classical notions of human nature and personal identity, as well as from an evolutionary scientific perspective. By focusing on the value of agreement and consent in politics, you will assess the potential and the limits of cooperative institutions. In particular, you will learn about the groundwork of the law and the state, investigating crucial concepts like the individual, person, community and society.


The Nova philosophy department counts among its members a number of experts who conduct top research at Ifilnova, a highly rated philosophy research centre in Portugal that is responsible for numerous international activities. In the Political Philosophy Master, you can join these activities and build your personalised academic path with the steady support of lecturers and researchers.


Core themes in the programme:


Contemporary Political Philosophy

European Integration

Evolutionary Ethics and Biopolitics

Global Justice and Local Justice

History of Political Thought

Law and the State

Political Ethics and Identity






General information


Opening date: September 2019.

Vacancies: 30

Fees: EU students 1.200,00€€/year, International students 2.400,00€€/year.

Schedule: Evening.

Length: 3 semesters.

(Normally comprised of 2 semesters of classes and 1 semester of dissertation work).
Total credits: 93 credits.

(60 in course units of the study programme + 33 in the non-taught component). 
Types of non-taught component: Dissertation, Project Work, Practical Work Experience with Report.
Number of credits from free-elective options: 10 credits.

The student can obtain 10 credits from free-elective options in course units taught in English at post-graduate level at FCSH/UNL, or at any other national or foreign higher education institution with bilateral agreement.

Evaluation rules: The final grade of the Master’s degree is expressed as a number between 10 and 20 on a scale of 0 to 20. The final grade of the Master’s degree will be the average of the final grade of the taught part of the course, weighted to 40%, and the grade awarded to the dissertation, project work or practical work experience report, weighted to 60%.

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