The doctoral program in Philosophy is part of the Doctoral School that the University of Navarra has implemented, in the framework established by the RD 99/2011, as a planning, coordination and monitoring body of the Doctoral Programmes, and the responsible for its development and organisation is the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

It is a programme adapted to the European Higher Education Area that meets the requirements set out in Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, which establishes the organisation of official university education. It was evaluated by the National Agency for Quality Assessment (National Agency for Assessment of Quality and Accreditation), and verified by the committee of Universities. It has official status and is registered in the Register of Universities, Centres and Degrees.

The programme has been adapted to the verification procedures foreseen by the RD 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulates official doctoral studies (BOE of 10 February 2011), having obtained a favourable report favourable from the National Agency for Assessment of Quality and Accreditation and positively verified by the committee of Universities.

The University of Navarra's commitment to excellence and quality in the doctoral program in Philosophy has been accredited by the award of the Mention of Quality granted by the National Agency for Assessment of Quality and Accreditation in the 2002 call for applications (BOE December 17, 2002), which has received successive renewals until 2010. Subsequently, in the recent call for the Mention of Excellence for doctoral programmes in Spanish universities, our Programme also obtained this mention(Resolution of 6 October 2011, published in the Official State Gazette of 20 October 2011).

The awarding of the Mention of Quality since its first call (MCD 2003-00692), as well as the awarding of the Mention of Excellence in the recent call express the will of our Programme to be a scientific and formative reference in Doctoral studies. The continuous obtaining and renewal of the aforementioned mentions also demonstrate the effort of our Programme and professors to submit to external and impartial processes of prior evaluation of the scientific-technical level of our Doctorate, as well as of its contents, structure and objectives. They represent an express recognition by the national quality assessment agency of the training solvency of doctoral program, and have enabled us to participate in obtaining grants for mobility for lecturers and students in the specific national calls for applications and other competitive grants that are called for each year.

In terms of external referents, the Doctorate in Philosophy has a long tradition in Spain and in the Western world. Both the oldest national and the most internationally recognised universities all have doctoral programmes. However, the approach to doctoral teaching and the ultimate approach to which postgraduate studies lead may vary depending on the different university traditions. In the Anglo-American world, for example, in the most prestigious universities (Harvard, Cornell, etc.), Master of Arts in Philosophy programmes are primarily designed as a preliminary stage to PhD studies, and are therefore not offered independently. However, there is no shortage of universities that also offer them independently of PhD programmes, such as New York University or Columbia. The programmes vary from a more scientific to a more humanistic perspective.

The Academic Committee of doctoral program is made up of:

Vice President of research and Sustainability of the University of Navarra : Paloma Grau
Deputy Director of the School of doctorate for the area of Humanities: Mercedes Montero
Associate Dean of research of the School of Philosophy and Letters: Pablo Cobreros
Program Coordinator of Philosophy: Ana Marta González



CB1 - Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of the skills and methods of research related to that field.

CB2 - Ability to conceive, design or create, put on internship and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.

CB3 - Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through an original research .

CB4 - Ability to perform critical analysis and assessment and synthesis of new and complex ideas.

CB5 - Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and society in general about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages commonly used in their international academic community . 

CB6 - Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural progress within a society based on knowledge. 


CA1 - Perform in contexts in which there is little specific information. 

CA2 - Find the key questions to be answered to solve a complex problem. 

CA3 - Design, create, develop and undertake novel and innovative projects in their field of knowledge. csv: 89421745588841365044028 username : 764316352 8 / 75 CA04 - Work both in a team and autonomously in an international context or multidisciplinary. 

CA5 - Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity and make judgments with limited information. 

CA6 - Intellectual critique and defense of solutions. 


CE1 - Ability to plan and develop international and competitive research projects in the field of the Philosophy and the Humanities

CE2 - Ability to evaluate the scientific work of other researchers in the field of Humanities

CE3 - Ability to relate documentary sources from different philosophical traditions, as well as other methodological resources of the advanced research at Humanities, for the analysis of complex problems.  

Dedication full-time: you will have a period of 3 years for your defence, the Commission responsible for the programme may authorise the extension of this period for a further year, which may exceptionally be extended for another additional year, under the conditions established in the corresponding doctoral program.

Dedication part-time: he/she will have a 5-year deadline , extendable for two years and exceptionally for a third year with the favourable report of the Academic Committee and board directive manager.

The period begins on the date of the first enrollment of student and ends on the date of the application for admission to the defence of the thesis.

Printed with dedication full-time:
application of extension of deadline for thesis defense (4th year)
application of extension of deadline for thesis defense (5th year)

Printed with dedication part-time:
application extension of time for thesis defense (6th and 7th years)
application extension of the deadline for thesis defense (8th year)

Since its foundation in 1952, the University of Navarra has shown a clear interest in being present in all fields of knowledge and in contributing as much quality research as possible to the national and international scientific community. The field of philosophy is no exception to this interest.

Specifically, the doctoral program in Philosophy that develops the department of Philosophy of the University of Navarra has its origin in the creation of the Section of Philosophy, within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, in the academic year 1963-64, specifically on 11 February 1964. C The following year - 22 June 1965 - the Ministry officially launched the Study program of doctorate (B.O.E. of 3 September 1965, decree 2455/65). In academic year 1965-66 three doctoral thesis were defended.

The number of doctoral theses presented and approved during the last five years has been 34. Initially, the professor and research unit to which the Programme was attached was the Philosophy Section. After the reorganisation of School at Departments, department was the group unit that developed the Programme. Currently, the doctoral program is integrated into the Doctoral School of the University of Navarra through the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, which is responsible for the development and organisation of each programme. The doctoral program of Philosophy at the University of Navarra took on a new dimension in the 1987-88 academic year, when an agreement was signed with the Universidad Panamericana, Mexico D.F., to offer this programme in collaboration with the School of Philosophy of that Mexican University. It was the first time that the University of Navarra had established an agreement with a non-Spanish university to jointly teach a programme doctoral program. This first agreement was followed by four more, in successive years, with other universities in Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Peru. In the same sense, it is also worth mentioning the Double Doctorate in Philosophy-Sociology that is carried out together with the University of Sacro Cuore in Milan (see agreement).

The University of Navarra has implemented the Doctoral School in the framework established by RD 99/2011, as the planning, coordination and monitoring body for Doctoral Programmes.

It is chaired by Vice President and has an executive Director and three deputy directors representing the three main areas of the university: Social Sciences, Law and Humanities (to which this DP belongs), Experimental and Health Sciences and Engineering and Architecture.

The School establishes the objectives and strategic lines of third cycle at the University and ensures that they are properly fulfilled.

As is well known, the studies at third cycle constitute the culmination of the training professor and research that a University can offer its students. The opening of a licentiate degree in 1964 found in the Doctorate its natural extension for a double reason, which is still valid today: on the one hand, the doctoral program is the main breeding ground for professors both for the University of Navarra itself and for other Spanish and foreign universities; on the other hand, the growing and justified concern to make the Spanish University a lively and dynamic centre of research is supported by a number of essential instruments. The PhD is undoubtedly one of them, and perhaps the most qualified.

The following Departments and centres of the University of Navarra are participating in development :

department of Philosophy (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Resolution of the Ministry of Education

report final evaluation

Data included in the application for a Commendation of Excellence ( report of application for Excellence)

González, Ana Marta (contacto doctorado)


Dr. Ana Marta González

Dr. Ana Marta González

Campus University

31009 Pamplona, Spain




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