The first year of the Degree or “Auditorat” is designed to enable the student to acquire the broadest possible culture through an ordered vision of knowledge. In the ongoing test exercises and assignments, as well as the written and oral examinations, the student must demonstrate the ability to listen and to assimilate ideas through the lecturer’s teaching. At the end of this year, the student must be able to listen to and understand the exposition of the main questions man asks himself.

The second year of the Degree or “Lectorat” aims to develop the student’s ability to deepen his knowledge of particular areas through the preferential study of the living thought of philosophers in their texts. At the end of this year, the student must be capable of reading texts by the authors and negotiating them comfortably, with a profound understanding of each thought.

The third year of the Degree or “Commentatorat” enables the student to affirm the personal nature of his thinking. The examination taken before a jury, which concludes this year of study, must demonstrate the facility with which the student utilizes the means of procedure in each philosophical discipline, his or her ability to give a commentary of an author’s thinking and the maturity of his or her own judgement. Here comparative philosophy finds its consecration, since it allows freedom for personal philosophical reflection.

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

At the end of the first cycle (undergraduate degree), those students who have obtained a mark equal to or above the average in all their evaluations (over the three years) may appear before the grand jury. This one-hour oral examination takes place before a jury of four instructors and covers all the subjects studied during the first cycle. It enables the examiners above all to assess the quality and intellectual method of the candidate.

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

Only those students who have met the requirements of the grand jury may be admitted to the second cycle (post-graduate studies).

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.