Society and Culture / Master's degree programme

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Interuniversity programme with Università degli studi di Ferrara and Università degli studi di Parma
This interuniversity degree programme is organised by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, jointly with the Universities of Ferrara and Parma.

Disciplinary areaSociety and Culture
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The single-cycle master programme in Philosophy aims at providing in- depth knowledge of Philosophy and its distinctive methods concerning historical, theoretical, analytical, ethical-political and esthetical issues. Jointly offered by three universities the program provides students with a wide range of classes, philosophical traditions, and research approaches. Some classes are accessible in streaming and in recorded Videoconference.

Course content

The Master Programme offers a wide variety of philosophical methods and topics. It aims at providing students with the fundamental skills to analyze original texts; the core conceptual tools of philosophical reasoning and how this reasoning has developed within different traditions; the main philosophical concepts needed to analyze the classics of analytic philosophy. Student preparation is tested by written essays, through class presentations, and active participation in seminars. Through the study of core philosophical courses students are expected to acquire logico-argumentative and analytic skills. They will critically analyze the core concepts of the ethical, juridical-political and esthetic reasoning. They will acquire hermeneutic and critical skills useful to the interpretation of texts and to understand historiographical methods. They will learn the theories and models of rationality (theoretical, practical, linguistic and communicative). They will acquire theoretical and methodological competences about the relations among philosophy, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, physics and mathematics. Teaching activities of single-cycle master programs are primarily seminars, which involve interactive participation by students. The final examination consists in a dissertation, in Italian or English, and its oral defense in front of board of examiners. For further information on the degree program, please visit:

Career options

Graduates in Philosophy have access to a wide range of careers that require analytical skills, autonomous judgment and communication skills. High level career prospects include consultancy for cultural institutions and in the following sectors: promotion of the relations among cultures, both social and interpersonal and at a national and international level, and where the rights of citizenship are involved; planning and management of professional training programs for public or private companies; human resource management; consulting offices; publishing companies; public administration for culture. Graduates can also continue their studies by enrolling in Masters of Advanced Studies (master di II livello), and in Doctoral Research Programs in Philosophy or related fields. Upon completion of qualifying examinations, within the framework of current national legislation, they can also become teachers.

After the degree

The programme allows to access doctoral programmes in Philosophy in Italy and abroad. The Doctoral School in Human Sciences at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, devotes a curriculum to philosophical studies.

More information

Course Director
prof. Carla Bagnoli

The course is managed by the Department of Studies on Language and Culture