The PhD in Philosophy programme offers first class preparation for international research of the first order in the area of philosophy and culminates in the production of a doctoral thesis. In particular and in line with the programme’s lines of research, the programme offers the tools and theoretical frameworks which allow for analysis of life and the world from a contemporary perspective.

This is a highly demanding programme in terms of both the methodology and the topics but has the support of close tutoring. Throughout the programme students are orientated in relation to:

  1. The selection of a research topic that is appropriate to their capacity, knowledge and interests, as well as the requirements for academic rigour and originality.
  2. Obtaining documentary and bibliographical materials to make progress in the planning of the research.
  3. Realistic time planning for the work that ensures that the necessary means are available for achieving the objectives that the research must cover at the presentation of the doctoral thesis.
  4. Methodological capacity to fully develop the research topic.

The programme offers a wide variety of possibilities in the form of discussions and testing of research results enabling progressive updating and evaluation.

This is a markedly international programme, not only because of the backgrounds of most of the teaching staff but also as a result of numerous agreements with foreign universities both in and outside Europe and links to the Europhilosophie platform as a result of collaboration by the Department of Philosophy with the Erasmus Mundus Masters degree and a number of shared joint activities.

Candidate profile

PhD studies in Philosophy focus mainly on the problems posed in the field of contemporary thought. They therefore provide training in the research methodology and techniques leading to the writing of a doctoral thesis. The aim is to cater to many different approaches and strike a balance between basic and applied research, thus stimulating the rich, interdisciplinary intellectual atmosphere that is key to quality in doctoral research.

The PhD theses written reflect the range of research lines developed in the department, especially in its own research projects.

This PhD programme in Philosophy should therefore appeal to students from the fields of arts and humanities, social sciences, political sciences or law, or even economics and experimental sciences, who wish to conduct research into the challenges to our thinking that are posed by life in the contemporary world.

Professional opportunities

Teaching in secondary and higher education and post-doctoral research in this country or abroad. Other possibilities are: editing, publishing (including in the Press), cultural production and management, scientific consultancies, specialist criticism.

Objectives and justification

The main objective of the PhD in Philosophy is to produce researchers capable of continuing in the field of philosophy after having taken the degree and the interuniversity Masters degree in Challenges of Contemporary Philosophy offered by the Department of Philosophy at the UAB, which forms part of the Europhilosophie platform.

However, we also accept students from related degree courses in the arts and humanities and in other areas that involve an analysis of the life and the world. We therefore give students the necessary tools and methodology to address questions of contemporary thinking in an interdisciplinary manner and these questions are also reflected in the lines of research offered by the programme and on which it is founded.

In parallel participation in training activities including scholarly meetings is encouraged and these can be used to test and evaluate the validity and relevance of the research results as well as the transfer of knowledge.

There is also great emphasis on the international projection of the research, both from the organisation of cooperation activities with universities and research centres and the offer of internationally recognised qualifications which may be international PhD programme or co-tutored programmes.


Jaume Mensa Valls



Place: Department of Philosophy at UAB
Location: Faculty of Philosophy and Arts
Phone: 0034 93 581 16 18
Secretary of the Department of Philosophy (


Number of places available: 15
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees

Languages in which the thesis may be written:
English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German and Italian
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Philosophy

Collaborating institutions:

International consortium of universities of the Europhilosophie platform:

  • University of Toulouse - Jean Jaurès
  • Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina)

Universities network with Erasmus agreements:

  • Ferrater Mora Chair (Universitat de Girona)
  • Ediuoc - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya publishing house
  • French Institute of Barcelona
  • Alliance Française in Sabadell
  • The Picasso Museum in Barcelona
  • The Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona
  • Museu d’Art Contemporari de Barcelona (MACBA)
  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
Arts and Humanities

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