Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies2023-02-24T11:05:31+08:00

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


As a core discipline of the humanities, we pursue the perennial questions essential to human beings. These range from questions regarding the relationship between justice and the good life to the nature of human cognition and the significance of beauty. We form a vibrant international community of faculty members and students connected through a shared commitment to the pursuit of wisdom through rigorous, passionate, careful, historically informed and innovative reasoning.


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  • Our unit offers a rigorous core curriculum in philosophy and religious studies that attracts students from different disciplines.
  • The unit offers a Master and a PhD program. Our research-intensive PhD program has been highly successful in attracting students from top universities in the region and globally. The program currently has a 100% placement record of PhD graduates.
  • We have taken on a leadership role in university-wide GE education, specifically in the areas of ethics, values, and Asian cultures.
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  • The unit regularly organizes high-profile international lecture series and conferences, for instance by hosting the biennial Hong Kong-Singapore-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy.
  • We actively promote academic cooperation and student exchange with selected international partner institutions.
  • We have been serving the local community by delivering talks and organizing workshops at high schools and in museums.
  • We organize film series, host philosophy café sessions and work with faith-related organizations (e.g. by offering “Exemplar Reasoning” sessions).


The Programme is one of the most research-active and internationally visible units at the University of Macau. Areas of research focus include Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Social and Political Thought as well as Philosophy of Mind and Cognition.

Faculty members are on the editorial boards of a number of international journals and have taken on leadership roles in such professional organizations as the Academie du Midi, the Templeton Cluster Group on Religious Diversity, the Karl Jaspers Society, and the European Society for the Philosophy of Religion.

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