University of Barcelona

Analytic Philosophy (biennial)

Recommended applicant profile and admission requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Candidates should have the motivation and interest needed to acquire the competences and skills provided by the study of contemporary analytical philosophy. They should have a capacity for abstract reasoning, the imagination to explore the possibilities beyond what has been established, and the intellectual honesty to shun the refuge of obscurity and acknowledge the weakness of their own positions when faced with criticism. Students must also have an excellent level of English, as the entire degree is taught in this language.
The course is open to holders of degrees in philosophy or other disciplines, such as humanities, journalism, linguistics, philology, psychology, physics or biology, who want to pursue additional training (after completing, where necessary, the appropriate bridging courses).

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

  • Candidates should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent undergraduate degree in humanities, psychology, linguistics, philology, translation and interpreting, journalism, mathematics, physics, biology, or a related discipline.
  • Commitment to conduct a significant piece of research, expressed in a statement indicating the applicant's interests and how these interests are related to the course content.
  • Two letters of reference, for candidates with degrees from universities not participating in the programme.
  • A sample of the candidate's work (between 2000 and 4000 words in length).
  • Level of English equivalent to B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, 7.00 on the IELTS exam, or 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based) on the TOEFL exam.

Bridging courses:
Candidates may be required to complete bridging subjects with a study load of up to 30 credits. This will depend on their previous studies. The bridging courses address the subjects covered by the bachelor's degree in Philosophy at the UB. The objective is to familiarize students with the fundamental elements of logic; the philosophy of language and of mind, and the epistemology and ontology of contemporary analytical philosophy. Two of these are final-year bachelor's degree subjects, which vary each year.
Successful candidates who have a qualification with only 180 credits may be required to complete bridging courses with a study load of up to 60 credits in order to obtain the 300 credits needed for admission to the doctoral programme.