Licenciatura in Philosophy

Education objectives

1) Ability to argue critically and to produce discourse that is conceptually articulate, coherent and based on solid principles;
2) Ability to recognise, ponder and clarify the problems that the human being encounters in his effort to understand himself and the world;
3) Ability to question and to understand ideas referring to the nature of reality, knowledge and values which are present in all fields of human experience;
4) Ability to identify and analyse the problems that interconnect the fields of philosophy, science, art and culture.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Completion of the Licenciatura (1st cycle) degree allows the holder to apply for Masters programmes (2nd Cycle), or other post-graduate courses including those which do not confer a degree.


Nuno Carlos da Silva Carvalho Costa Venturinha, Marta Maria Anjos Galego de Mendonça

Opening date



Available soon


697 Euros/year or 3500 Euros/year (foreign students)



Teaching language

Portuguese language

Degree pre-requisites

Each student must obtain 180 credits: 120 credits from compulsory courses of the study programme, 30 credits from restricted options and 30 credits from free options or a Minor from another academic area. Each semester the student may not enrol in more than 30 credits and must respect any pre-requisites which have been set. At the beginning of each semester, the student is advised as to which courses are the most appropriate for their academic pathway and which they should take.
Legal framework/Study programme - Aviso n.º 15577/2018 - DR, 2ª série, n.º 208, 29 de outubro de 2018.The degree of “licenciado” corresponds to the level 6 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

Students may be admitted to Higher Education through the National Competition for Access to Higher Education, special competitions/regimes and entry systems, re-enrolment systems, course changes and transfers. To apply for access to higher education through the National Competition, students must fulfill the requirements described in DGES/Access to Higher Education. More info at For more information about International Students please visit

Evaluation rules

Students at FCSH/NOVA are evaluated based on the work developed over a semester, based on class participation, presentation of written and oral tests and examinations. The result obtained either by continuous assessment or evaluation of the tests is expressed on a scale of 0 to 20. To be approved, students must have at least 10 points to pass, however, who fail have a second chance to repeat the exams. Repeat exam: Has access any student of 1st or 2nd cycle who has obtained the minimum grade of eight values per rounding in the final grade of the curricular unit. SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATION: - Worker-Student - Students with the status of top athletes - Mothers and fathers students - Associative leaders - Military - Other special arrangements provided legally. Students with special needs can benefit from teaching and learning conditions to meet their needs.


Conditional options (1) - The student chooses five curricular units from this set
Code Name ECTS
711031067 Applied Ethics 6.0
01102042 Philosophy and Culture in Portugal 6.0
01101211 Hispanic Thought 6.0
711031076 Problematics of the History and Theory of Ideas 6.0
711031082 Themes in Philosophical Anthropology 6.0
711031071 Ancient Philosophy Themes 6.0
711031074 Contemporary Philosophy Themes 6.0
711031072 Medieval Philosophy Themes 6.0
711031073 Modern Philosophy Themes 6.0
711031084 Themes in Political Philosophy 6.0
711031081 Logic Themes 6.0
711031077 Ontology Themes 6.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 30
Code Name ECTS
711031051 Philosophical Anthropology 6.0
01102003 Epistemology 6.0
01102014 Aesthetics 6.0
711031052 Ethics 6.0
711031059 Ancient Philosophy 6.0
711031062 Contemporary Philosophy 6.0
711031080 Philosophy of History. 6.0
01102020 Philosophy of Language 6.0
711031057 Philosophy of the Mind 6.0
711031065 Philosophy of Nature 6.0
711031058 Philosophy of Science 6.0
711031056 Philosophy of Knowledge 6.0
711031060 Medieval Philosophy 6.0
711031061 Modern Philosophy 6.0
711031053 Political Philosophy 6.0
711031079 Logic 6.0
01102031 Research Methodology for Philosophy 6.0
711031064 Ontology 6.0
711031063 Seminar: Reading and Interpretation of Philosophical Texts 12.0
Free optins may be chosen from this undergraduate study programme or any other offered by FCSH-UNL