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Students can validate a license in 3 years. Teaching is organized around four fundamental disciplines: logic, ethics and politics, the philosophy of nature and man, and metaphysics, to which are added lectures on the history of philosophy.

The Philosophy Degree Course

Logic Defining, formulating a problem with precision, arguing: these acts of reason must be rigorously undertaken. This is something that is learnt.

Ethics and Politics Its goal is to reveal how we should act. Here we look at the question of conditions of happiness in personal acts (ethics) or in social and economic life (politics). It is also the study of the history of political ideas and economics.

Philosophy of Nature In addition, our mind is led to reflect on the world that surrounds it. We ponder the nature of the world, of being in motion, of movement and evolution, and the sciences that seek to penetrate the secrets of the universe (experimental sciences, physics-mathematics, biology, etc). The philosophy of nature also studies causality (the cause of movement, the different types of causalities, etc).

To ask ourselves about the world is also to ask ourselves about living things. Penetrating the mysteries of the human soul and mind, defining animal or vegetable nature is the work of psychology in connection with modern life sciences.

Metaphysics Metaphysics studies being as being. The goal of the metaphysician is to find out what it means to exist. The realities he has experience of are his starting point. But beyond the properties and characteristics of being he seeks to come back to the fact of being. These questions related to being lead us to ask ourselves about God, the absolute being.

In addition, lectures on general culture are provided so as to give students diverse career openings: intensive courses in modern languages (preparation for the IELTS, international English-language diploma from the University of Cambridge), lectures on history, general culture, preparation for competitive examinations in philosophy, scientific method, sociology, psychology, communication techniques, etc.

Languages Throughout the three years students take language courses (German, English, Spanish).

Degrees 4 and 5

A two-year second cycle (Post-graduate studies): TMD, Master’s

First Year (fourth year of study) leads to the TMD (Transmission par la Maîtrise des Disciplines or Transmission by the Mastery of Disciplines); this is the acknowledgement of the ability to transmit teaching through supervised work placements, in-depth study of the disciplines, and individual and group research via seminar work.

The common core is composed of: four graduate-level courses to be chosen from among the teaching Chair subject areas in liaison with the tutorials and the seminars, three or four tutorials and one seminar under the supervision of a professor.

Second Year (fifth year of study) leads to the Master’s degree, which establishes the student’s ability to skilfully put into practice the training received in a top professional position. It includes the elaboration of a thesis under the direction of a Head of Chair and clearly confirms the specific orientation chosen by the student.


IELTS: International English-language diploma from the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the National Education Ministry of Australia and the British Institute

IPC students take the IELTS beginning in the third year.

This examination takes place on the premises of FACO, a preparation centre for this international diploma. This diploma is increasingly indispensable for pursuing university studies abroad, and for entering the global market for employment, research and teaching.

In recent years, the students of the IPC – FACO have obtained the best results in France, with an average score and a level of mastery of the English language that has enabled them to attend prestigious British and American universities (Georgetown, King’s College London, Leicester, Brunel, Edinburgh, Trinity College).

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Degree in philosophy

The figures represent the average “band”, the level awarded by the jury. For example:

  • Band 9 = completely bilingual level
  • Band 6-6.5 = sufficient level for pursuing postgraduate studies in English
  • Orange: Females – Green: Males