Faculty of Humanities


To pursue USJ’s long tradition in “humanistic education”, and philosophy being at the core of Humanities, our Master degree in Philosophy with Specialisation in Compared Philosophies is designed to meet the needs of 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. Its aim is to provide research training in a manner that fosters the development of independent research skills.

The specialisation in Compared Philosophies 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 Master degree course. 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 program demands a licentiate degree or a Bachelor degree in an area of studies considered relevant for the program.

Typical Duration
2 years (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

  • Identify philosophical problems in historical, social and cultural contexts;
  • Apply critical thinking and analytical skills to a set of philosophical issues;
  • Organise and pursue original and independent research projects;
  • Prepare and deliver high quality presentations.

Typical Career Options

Achieving an MA in Philosophy with specialization in Compared Philosophies demonstrates to an (prospective) employer in any field a capacity to reason and analyse complex issues as well as enhanced communication and writing skills. This will strengthen the applications of those pursuing careers in fields such as business, economics, law, medicine and publishing to name a few.

Study plan & description of modules

Please click on any specific module to see its description.


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