Student Academic Guidance Action Plan


Master's students at APhil receive academic guidance throughout the year. A guidance action plan has been established by the coordinators of the Master's programme, with the support of the Faculty of Philosophy.

  • The Aphil Master’s program is a taught period (60 credits). It awards an official Master’s Degree and qualifies students to apply for the PhD program in Analytic Philosophy shared with the CCiL graduate program (though acceptance is conditional on the admissions procedure of the relevant university).
  • The PhD program is a research period during which students carry out research for, and complete, their doctoral dissertation. Successful presentation of the dissertation will earn them the PhD degree.


The language of the graduate courses in APhil is English. Official languages at the University are English, Spanish and Catalan. For the case of required background courses, the language of each course is announced at the time of registration. Other program activities (talks, workshops, conferences, and so on) are mainly in English.

Application, selection and enrolment

There is one pre-enrolment period. After the deadline, the Aphil Master’s Program Admission Committee will:

  • decide whether to accept or reject candidates, and, in case of acceptance, whether the student may start immediately with the 60 Master’s credits or must first take background courses
  • assign each student a Master’s program tutor.

The Aphil secretary’s office will notify applicants by email of their acceptance or rejection, the number of credits they must obtain in case of acceptance, and the name of their tutor. After notification, students must contact their tutor in order to agree on the courses they will take.

Registration takes place in september. In february, current students can register in additional courses if they so wish. 

The minimum period for achieving the 60 Master’s credits is 1 year. The Master’s program is designed in such a way that full-time students can be expected to achieve the credits within this period. However, if students are not able to study full-time, or wish to devote more than one year to obtaining the credits, they may agree with the tutor to complete the courses over a longer period.

Master’s tutor

The Master’s tutor is assigned by the Admission Committee to each student accepted to the course.

This assignment does not predetermine in any way the PhD-supervisor(s) and, in the case of a grant application, the PhD grant supervisor. The Master’s tutor will:

  • (a) provide guidance for students regarding their choice of courses in accordance with their interests and skills
  • (b) sign the student’s enrolment form
  • (c) mediate, when necessary, between the student and the Aphil university coordinator and Aphil staff
  • (d) help the student with any other academic matters.
Student representatives

There will be one student representative of the Master’s program, to be elected by the students themselves. The student representative will:

  • (a) inform the coordinator about any issue/question/complaint related to aspects of the Master’s program concerning students
  • (b) meet the Master’s program students at least twice a year (once per term), and deal with any issue/question/complaint students wish to raise,
  • (c) call a general meeting of students when at least 30% of them ask for a meeting in relation to a specific issue.
Other students’ duties

Together with the regular duties for the achievement of credits, Aphil students must attend the main activities organised by the Master’s program. These include:

  • (a) The annual Opening Aphil Lecture
  • (b) General Aphil talks

When the talks are advertised, it will be specified which ones are mandatory.