The bachelor's degree in Philosophy trains students in the study of generally applicable ideas such as existence, truth, time, free will, knowledge, good or beauty, as well as others with more specific applications, such as language, science, technology, politics, law, religion or applied ethics.
The bachelor's degree Philosophy in at the University of Barcelona stands out for the variety and richness of its methodological and conceptual approaches. Students develop logic and argumentation skills, a mastery of language, and creativity in the field of ideas, while also learning to manage and coming to have a great capacity for reflection and analysis. It provides sound, broad knowledge of the theoretical study of abstract problems and areas of discussion and debate. Philosophy studies are considered appropriate for people who have taken other university courses and want to add to their training by examining in greater depth aspects of the foundations of knowledge and cross-cutting, interdisciplinary issues or issues of general theoretical interest. This qualification enables graduates to work in secondary and further education, in the field of research and in the areas of culture and communication.
Faculty or school
Faculty of Philosophy
Branch of knowledge
Arts and Humanities
Mode of delivery
Number of places available
Length of course
4 academic years
Language(s) of instruction
Catalan 63,1%, Spanish 34,6%, English 2,3%
5,840 (July 2023, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)
The aim of the bachelor's degree in philosophy is for students to obtain the following educational objectives:
To gain the ability to understand and critically assess ideas referring to the nature of reality, values and our experience, that have an important function in understanding the human being.
To propose criticisms and reinterpretations of texts.
To use instruments based on formal logic.
To construct and assess arguments.
To do mental experiments and combine data and evidence from different sources in an ordered way.
To train in the study of ideas that have a general application, for example, in concepts of existence, truth, time, causality, free will, the relationship between mind and body, knowledge, rationality, meaning, duty, kindness or beauty.
To know how to transmit knowledge on issues associated with specific study areas such as language, science, technology, social sciences, politics, law, society, education, religion, literature and arts, mathematics and applied ethics.
Capacity to understand and have knowledge beyond the study area and to integrate avant-garde aspects in the specific area.
Capacity to apply knowledge in professional practice and to develop specific competences for formulating and defending arguments and for solving problems related to the area of study.
Ability to gather and interpret data that facilitate the analysis and diagnosis of specific social, scientific and ethical topics.
Capacity to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Skills required for further study with a high degree of independence.
Responsibility, capacity to analyse and synthesise, a global understanding and the ability to apply knowledge in practice.
Creativity, initiative and adaptation.
Capacity to conceive, design and manage projects, and capacity to research and integrate new knowledge and approaches.
Ability to work as part of a team.
Critical and self-critical capabilities.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Capacity to reason and a critical spirit.
The skills needed to take the first steps in research.
Ability to teach.
Respect and promote human rights, the principles of equal opportunities, non-discrimination, accessibility, gender equality and the values of a culture of peace and democratic values.
Sensitivity to diverse opinions, practices and ways of life.
Capacity to read carefully and to interpret texts from different eras or traditions, with sensitivity to the context in which they were produced.
Capacity to use and understand specialised philosophical terminology.
Capacity to identify the fundamental questions in different types of debates.
Capacity to present philosophical topics and questions clearly, orally and in writing.
To be able to back up ethical and social commitments rationally.
Clear understanding of the problems, theories and main arguments in the fields of logic, metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of the mind.
Clear understanding of the problems, theories and main arguments in the fields of moral philosophy, political philosophy, social philosophy and aesthetics.
Capacity to identify the main theories defended in the works of the most notable authors of philosophy, and the most important arguments that are used to defend them.
Capacity to apply philosophical concepts to the orientation of human, social and political problems, and even new problems that arise in the progress of science and technology, and capacity to understand what is derived from the new forms of communication and social relations.
Capacity to recognise the influence of contemporary philosophers on other areas of knowledge and culture.
Access and admission
Applicant profile and access requirements
Recommended applicant profile
In addition to the abilities required of any university student (responsibility, commitment, initiative, willingness to work in a team, etc.) applicants should have a broad interest in culture and general curiosity about all aspects of knowledge, interest in developing logic and argument skills, a command of language, capacity to reflect and analyse, enjoyment of reading and working with texts, and an interest in the theoretical study and discussion of abstract problems. It is very important to have a high level of oral and written expression in Catalan and Spanish and a good level in a third language.
Access requirements and conditions
Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.
Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.
Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.
As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.
Specialist minor in Ethics and Political Philosophy
Specialist minor in Logic, Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Science
Specialist minor in Aesthetics and History of Contemporary Philosophy
Specialist minor in Theoretical Philosophy
Specialist minor in History of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary minor in Science, Society and Politics
Interdisciplinary minor in Economics, Politics and Law
Interdisciplinary minor in Classical Philology
Interdisciplinary minor in Language, Information and Cognition
Interdisciplinary minor in Contemporary World
Interdisciplinary minor in Natural and Environmental Sciences Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree
Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record. There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.