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Philosophical Sciences

Ca’ Foscari University of VeniceVenice - ITALY

Field(s) of study: Social Law
Cost of pre-eligibility application: 
  • Via Mastersbooking: 0 €
  • Via the regular school procedure: 0 €
Course cost: 2 061 €

Next admission round: 

Next recruitment session:

Available slots: 

Available spots: 100
Places available per academic year: 200

Program Language

  • Italian

Course length: 

  • 2 years (24 months)

Start of the program: 


Level of entry: 

A Level+3 years
A Level+4 years
A Level+5 years

NOTICE: You can apply for this Degree Programme through only if you are an international student. Here follows the categories considered:

  • EU citizens and EU-equated citizens
  • Non-EU citizens with an Italian residency permit
  • Non-EU citizens residing in Italy with an Italian qualification
  • Non-EU citizens residing outside Italy
  • Italian citizens with a qualification obtained abroad

Italian citizens with Italian qualifications must follow a different procedure. For more info please visit:

The Master's Degree programme develops and refines all skills that can help to analyze the principal philosophical and epistemological issues inherited from the main argumentative tradition in an analytical way through discussion and debate.

You will be able to choose between two curricula: Philosophy, building your theoretical, ethical, historical and philosophical knowledge and skills, or Educational Counselling and Training, discovering training and continuing education, training processes in a social context and developing pedagogical tools.

Throughout the programme you will learn how to analyze relevant contemporary matters basing your reasoning on philosophy in order to properly evaluate the relevant aspects and cultural traditions if arts and science, communication and language. You will gain skills in education science as well as methodological and pedagogical know-how.

The Master's Degree programme aims to develop and refine all skills that can help to analyze the principal philosophical and epistemological issues inherited from the main argumentative tradition in an analytical way through discussion and debate: This allows students to systematically understand theoretical reasons and historical and social dimensions of the manifold ethical challenges, political, scientific, artistic, educational, formative of contemporaneity. Decisive: the study of forms and methods of communication (linguistics and non-linguistics), as well as the transmission of understanding and knowledge in their many manifestations. A critical recall to historic-philosophical thought of the Western world is strategic.
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.

Course format: 

Curricula available

  • Philosophy;
  • Educational counselling and training.

Qualifications/expertise after completing the program

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).

Entry requirements

Entry qualification : Bachelor diploma (or higher)
For Academic year 2018/19, admission onto the Master's Degree programme in Philosophical Sciences requires:

  • an adequate personal preparation, verified through the possession of a minimum degree grade;
  • specific curricula requirements, matured with the obtainment of a definite number of credits in certain disciplinary fields;
  • understanding of English language at level B2: the list of certifications and cases of exemption are available on the dedicated web page. Each knowledge will be verified by the office at the moment of enrolment.


Admission criteria: 

Admission to the programme is subjected to the evaluation of the minimum curricular requirements and personal preparation, which is checked through the pre-evaluation procedure.
For students holding qualifications gained abroad: a minimum three-year degree is required.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Italian.
You will need official translations along with verified copies of the original documents.

The official translation can be issued in the country of origin or in Italy - either by a local court of law, by court interpreters or by official translators. The entry qualification documents must also be legalised or bear the Apostille stamp certifying that the signature or seal on the document is genuine, and submitted in the original or certified copy.

You do not need to legalise the documents if:

  • the qualification has been awarded by one of the signatory Countries of the European Convention of Brussels of 25 May, 1987 - Law 106/1990 (Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy);
  • the qualification has been awarded by a German institution, following the Italo-German Convention on the exemption from legalization of public documents - Law 176/1973.

You must bring the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.

Language requirements: 

B2 level is required.    
As proof of Italian language level we accept the following international exams:

  • CELI
  • CILS

Please notice that students lacking suitable certification in Italian will have to take a preliminary Italian language test, held every academic year at the beginning of September.

The following students do not need to submit evidence of Italian language proficiency: Italian mother-tongue students, EU students (wherever resident), non-EU students who have been living in Italy for at least a year.

B2 level of English language is also required.    
We accept the following international exams:

  • IELTS 4.0-5.0
  • TOEFL iBT 57-86

Please notice that students lacking certification in English will be required to fulfill the requirement in the first year of studies.

Admission to an open access Master's Degree course does not involve a selection process. However, you are required to have an adequate personal preparation and hold specific requisites. In this case, the Teaching Committee of reference will carry out an assessment.

A certified knowledge of English at minimum level B2 is also required.

Course cost description: 

Cost of the Degree Programme :

  • EU students: 2061€ 
  • Non-EU students from OECD countries (Australia, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, United States, Switzerland and Turkey): 2100€ 
  • Non-EU students from developing countries ( 700€
  • Students from all other countries: 1200€

In addition, Ca' Foscari offers students a variety of forms of financial aid: scholarships, exemptions and reduction of fees, student loans, prizes for outstanding dissertations and other forms of concession.
Some of the student loans involve agreements with banks allowing students to pay tuition fees on favourable terms. The most deserving students are entitled to an interest-free advance repayable a year after graduation.  
Students are also given the opportunity to participate in forms of student collaborations involving paid jobs within the university.