MSc in Philosophy


Program Description


To know, appreciate and defend the dignity of the multi-dimensional human person in a relativistic world, and so with a bias to African culture.


The objective of the graduate program in philosophy is to enable the student to:

  • Develop an analytic-critical approach to the historical and systematic themes of Christian and non-Christian philosophy.
  • Master the methodological criteria proper to philosophical knowledge and research.
  • Deepen their knowledge in their area of specialization in constant rapport with other forms of knowledge.
  • Acquire the necessary skills for teaching philosophy at the pre-university and first-degree levels as well as other employment requiring professional philosophical training.
  • Prepare for terminal degree studies/research.

Nature of the Graduate Program in Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy degree is awarded to a student upon successful completion of a two year (twelve months) approved program. Five major areas of specialization are available within the program:

  • The History of Philosophy
  • Systematic Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Cultural Philosophies
  • Philosophy of the Human Person

Graduate lectures are divided into Core and Elective Courses which total 120 credits.

Entry Requirements

  • Candidates admitted into the second cycle are those who have obtained from CATUC or from any other recognized university or higher institute of learning, a bachelor’s degree in philosophy or related disciplines with a minimum GPA of ¾.
  • The candidate must show proof of proficiency in the English Language. In addition to this, a written examination shall be administered by the faculty of philosophy in which the candidate demonstrates a working knowledge of either French or German or Spanish or Greek or Latin.
  • Other registration formalities are obtainable at the registry.
  • The faculty reserves the right to include another requirement as may deem necessary.

Frequency and Study Plan

After due orientation and choice of an area of specialization, the student shall be required to draw a plan of studies in accordance with the university norms specifying the number and type of courses, contact hours and seminars as need be.

The student is bound to attend all lectures and validate all the courses and seminars as indicated in his study plan and successfully defend their thesis in order to graduate. The student shall also attend various philosophical conferences, colloquia and senior seminars organized by or proposed by the department.

Thesis for a Master’s in Philosophy

The candidate for a master’s degree in philosophy must, in their first year of studies, chose and submit the thesis topic to the Head of the Department of Philosophy on or before October 1 st for approval. The thesis proposal must include the theme, the name of the proposed moderator chosen from among graduate board, introduction and problematic, a brief summary, present state of the issue, a literary review, plan and an essential bibliography.

The graduate board shall approve the thesis proposal and the moderator during its first seating.

The student must register for a total of six hours of research guidance per week. The thesis of between 50-100 pages, following the approved methodology of CATUC, and confirmed by the moderator, must be submitted to the registrar of the university in four copies, on or before October 1 st. The submission of the thesis must be accompanied by the payment of the respective fees.

The master’s thesis should give evidence of training in research by means of a contribution to knowledge involving a modest problem of investigation. It must prove the candidate’s familiarity with the basic methods and techniques of research and also the ability to apply them.
Students in the master’s program who do not complete all the requirements for a master’s degree within two years from the date of completion of coursework must submit requests in writing to the dean of the faculty of philosophy for an extension of time. An extension of time will normally be granted for one year.

Last updated Jul 2018

About the School

The Catholic University of Cameroon CATUC, Bamenda was founded in the name of the Catholic Church by the bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda as a national institution of learning. Given ... Read More

The Catholic University of Cameroon CATUC, Bamenda was founded in the name of the Catholic Church by the bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda as a national institution of learning. Given its origins and the historic role of its ecclesiastical faculties, this university has a responsibility to the Church in Cameroon: It is called to be an intellectual center of highest quality, where the relation between revealed truth and human truth can be examined in depth and with authority against the background of the Cameroon experience. Read less