Master Programme

Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy


To pursue Macao’s long tradition in “humanistic education”, philosophy being at the core of Humanities, our Master Degree in Philosophy, with specialisation in Comparative Philosophy, is designed for those who wish to explore philosophical issues either as an expansion of undergraduate studies or following a first degree in a subject other than philosophy.


The programme aim is to provide research training in a manner that fosters the development of independent research skills.

The specialisation in Comparative Philosophy focuses primarily on the question of philosophical methodology from a cross-cultural perspective. Different concepts, theories and approaches to issues concerning ethics and aesthetics, the mind and consciousness, culture and society, action and politics, among others, will be studied and discussed in the first year of the programme. The second year will see students concentrating on their dissertation with the help of a seminar in research methodology.

Recommended Prior Knowledge

Admission to the programme demands a Bachelor degree in an area of studies considered relevant for the programme. Competence in spoken and written English is essential.

Course Duration
2 years full-time (evening) programme

Teaching Medium

Total Number of Credits for Graduation

Ilha Verde Campus

Programme’s Government Approval (in Chinese and Portuguese only) (Click here)

September to July

Weekly Schedule
Mondays to Fridays

Key Features

  • Modular delivery, with coursework modules taught one at a time, in sequence
  • Identification of philosophical problems in historical, social and cultural contexts
  • Students learn to:
    • apply critical thinking and analytical skills to a set of philosophical issues
    • cherish a constructive dialogue with the rich philosophical traditions of East and West
    • organise and pursue original and independent research projects
    • prepare and deliver high quality presentations

Typical Career Options

A Master of Philosophy with specialisation in Comparative Philosophy demonstrates to a prospective employer in any field an applicant’s capacity to reason well and analyse complex issues as well as enhanced understanding, communication and writing skills. This will strengthen the applications of those pursuing careers in fields such as business, economics, law, medicine, publishing, and community leadership.

Study plan & description of modules

Please click on any specific module to see its description.


Year 1
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
Year 2
9.00 credits