Master's Degree Programme in
Philosophical Sciences

Academic year 2024/2025

Degree-seeking students: apply

Level of qualification

Master's Degree Programme

Ministerial degree code

LM-78 (Philosophy)






Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Malcanton Marcorà, Dorsoduro 3484/D, 30123 Venice (Italy).
For further information please contact the Humanities Campus

Head of studies

Prof. Giulio Azzolini (Teaching Committee coordinatoro,


The teaching regulations of the study course depend on the following organisational aspects: educational goals, access methods, study plan, exams, final exam, job opportunities, etc. Throughout their university career, students must refer to the teaching regulations enforced from their matriculation.

Access to the programme

Open admission subject to assessment of minimum requirements.
Quota reserved to non-EU students residing outside Italy: 10 seats.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to this Master's Degree Programme students must possess a proper individual educational background and the minimum curricular requirements. A certified knowledge of English at minimum level B1 is also required.

Details about the assessment procedures are available in the webpage dedicated to admission requirements.

Admission with international qualification

Applicants with international qualification must have obtained a bachelor’s degree that is the result of at least 3 years of study. The preliminary evaluation of the qualification is mandatory. Procedures and deadlines are available on the dedicated online platform.

International qualification will be evaluated by the designated teaching committee after the pre-evaluation procedure carried out on the online platform.

Course overview

The Master's degree programme provides specialist skills in the study of the main philosophical and epistemological issues inherited from tradition and developed by contemporary debate. This specialisation, which guarantees the necessary cultural preparation for teaching, research and the transmission of scientific knowledge, will enable the student to systematically understand the theoretical reasons and the various dimensions of the most important challenges of the present (ethical, political, scientific, artistic, educational, training). These skills can also be used in the fields of publishing, communication, philosophical consultancy, training, cultural activities in public and private institutions, and new professional and business prospects. 

The degree programme is divided into two paths:

  • the Philosophy curriculum, which allows students to deepen their skills in a theoretical, ethical-political, aesthetic and historical-philosophical sense;
  • the Educational Counselling and Training curriculum, which is characterised by its focus on didactics, adult education and training processes in organisational and social contexts.

Curricula available

  • Philosophy;
  • Educational counselling and training.

Double and Joint Degree

Ca' Foscari University of Venice offers international educational programmes designed in collaboration with one or more partner universities, entailing the attendance of part of the study path abroad. At the conclusion of these programmes, selected students obtain a Double Degree (a diploma from Ca' Foscari and one issued by the partner university) or a Joint Degree (single degree jointly awarded by the member universities of the consortium delivering the programme), depending on the provisions of the agreements with the partner universities and the different national regulations.

Double and Joint Degrees available:

  • Double Degree with Université Bordeaux Montaigne (France)
    On finishing the formative programme selected students obtain an academic Double Degree: Master’s Degree in Philosophical Sciences from Ca’ Foscari and Master Mention Philosophie Parcours “Recherches philosophiques sur la nature, l’homme et la société”
    Admission: selection call

Examination assessment and graduation

The educational activities include classroom teaching, workshops and research activities, in order to acquire wide-ranging skills that can be readily transferable into the world of work.
During the whole university career, the various skills and knowledge acquired by students will be assessed through written and oral examinations.
The degree exam consists in writing a thesis, which must possess the characters of originality, exhaustive documentation and scientific investigation and which will be discussed with a committee of university professors and experts.

Access to further studies

Professional Master's Programmes (1st and 2nd level) and PhD programmes.

Occupational profiles

The Master’s Degree graduates in Philosophy of Science qualify for a professional profile capable of interpreting the new challenges of the business market, integrating disciplinary prospects and different cultures. In particular, they will be able to carry out roles of high responsibility in the following fields: publishing houses; museum or library management; press centres and/or intermediary communication, public relation services, direction of staff in the administrative sector of public firms or private companies; organization and management of training courses, also professional, collaboration with formative and social services, and offices in charge of the promotion of cultural activity in public administration, marketing and creative publicity, intermediary political-cultural jobs, philosophical consultation. The students will be able to access the programmes in order to teach in public schools of first and secondary school, will also be able to access the second level Master's philosophical area of science education.

Furthermore, they will be able to apply for scholarships of the "international PhD" (PHD) established at Ca ' Foscari in collaboration with Université di Paris I (Sorbonne).