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About the Department of Philosophy at King's College London

Consistently ranked among the top philosophy departments in the country for research and teaching, the Department of Philosophy at King’s College London is one of the largest and most distinguished in the UK, if not the world. It ranked 6th in the UK in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The Head of Department is Professor Bill Brewer

Research

The Department was ranked 3rd in the UK, and 1st in London, for both quality and power according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings: 80% of research was valued as being of a world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) standard and 63% of its research scored the top rating for impact with an outstanding reach and significance. We have particular research strengths in:

  • the history of philosophy, including Indian philosophy (we are one of the few philosophy departments in the UK who can claim to cover the entire history of philosophy, from the presocratics through to the foundations of twentieth century analytic philosophy and beyond)
  • philosophy of mind and psychology
  • philosophy of language and linguistics
  • metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of science
  • moral and political philosophy

Teaching

The Department of Philosophy is firmly committed to excellence in teaching, offering a wide range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including specialist, research-led MA programmes in the philosophy of psychology, the history of philosophy, the philosophy of medicine, and language and cognition.

Our National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction results are consistently excellent. In the most recent NSS, teaching satisfaction remains very high at 99% (JACS subject) / 98% (up from 97% in 2013), with 100% of respondents saying that the course is intellectually stimulating and that staff are good at explaining things. Our overall satisfaction rating was 93% (JACS subject) / 91%. We are 1st in the Russell Group for ‘teaching satisfaction’ and ‘assessment and feedback’ (JACS data).

University league tables consistently place us amongst the top philosophy departments in the UK (The Times, The Guardian and The Complete University Guide). The Department was ranked 16th in the World in the 2013 QS University Subject Rankings.

Links and partnerships

The Department of Philosophy at King's is proud to have links to a number of philosophy departments around the world. 

Institutional associations

As a Department, we are also dedicated to developing our international partnerships. We have major partnerships with  

We also have strong institutional links including an active scheme of exchanges with a number of prestigious philosophy departments around Europe, North America, and beyond, for instance: Monash UniversityUniversity of HamburgUniversity of Milan and University of Würzburg. 

Exchange programmes

As is fitting for such an international institution, the Department of Philosophy, and the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at large, is committed to supporting international exchange programmes, both for our own students, and for students from overseas institutions who wish to visit King's.

In particular, we are pleased to offer joint PhDs with the National University of Singapore, one of King’s College London's many international partner institutions, and Humboldt University Berlin

We also offer a range of exchange programmes (including the Norman Malcolm fellowship) that allow our students at all levels to study for part of their degrees at our partner universities  in North America and elsewhere while paying King's tuition fees.

Local associations

Closer to home, we are delighted to play an integral part in the College’s Wellcome Trust-funded Humanities & Health project through our Philosophy of Medicine project, including a seminar series which runs fortnightly during term time.

Community

Everybody in our community, from the academic staff to our visiting fellows and in particular the student body, plays an active role in the life of the Department. 

We have a large and very lively postgraduate community, who not only participate in the research and teaching culture of the Department, but also organise a wide selection of reading and study groups to aid peer-to-peer learning. 

We are also proud of the excellent work carried out by our undergraduate-run student Philosophy Society (Phil-Soc), who each year arrange a magnificent schedule of weekly talks by invited speakers from around the country and beyond.

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