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Making registration changes

Changes of status - MA & MSc programmes

We hope that you enjoy your chosen programme of study but sometimes problems arise that necessitate changes during your time with us.

If you are experiencing difficulties you should talk to your Personal Tutor before completing the necessary online form and submitting a request.  It is also advisable to talk to the Student Advice Team in The Compass if you are considering an interruption of study, transfer or a withdrawal from a programme.

Students studying at King's under a Tier 4 Visa must contact the Student Advice & International Support Office for advice and to ask them to confirm that you are eligible to make the change under the terms of your visa.

In Philosophy, the Programme Director will need to approve any changes to registration status. 

Changing modules

You will be required to register for modules for both semesters when you first arrive in September. It is possible to change modules once the programme is underway during the first two weeks of teaching.

If you have already missed several seminars in the module that you want to switch to we may not be able to approve the move. If you think that there is a possibility that you could end up deciding to switch, it would be a good idea to sit in on the seminars for your possible alternative choice from the start (with approval from the module tutor).

You should discuss your intentions with the Programme Director first.

Please consult the Handbook for further guidance on submitting a module change request.

Changing programmes

If you want to switch between the various MA programmes (MA Philosophy, MA History of Philosophy, MA Language & Cognition, etc.), that will generally be allowed. The only thing to keep in mind is the special restrictions in the specialised programmes: if you want to switch to one of those, then you are going to be obliged to take its compulsory modules; and, if you have already missed a number of the seminars for those, then it might not be feasible. (Conversely, if you start in one of these specialised programmes, but decide that you want to drop a module that is compulsory in it, that will necessitate your leaving the programme in question, presumably in favour of the general MA in Philosophy).

In the first instance, please discuss your intentions with the Programme Director.

If you decide to proceed with a change to your programme, you will need to complete the online “Student Change of Circumstances” form, which is available from Student Records.  Further information can be found with Registry Services.

Please note that changing your programme may also require you to amend your module choices, and you must ensure that you provide us with details of the modules that you will be undertaking when you complete this online form.

Changing from full-time to part-time (or vice versa)

The programme is an intensive one, and quite often full-time students will find that they simply do not have the time they need to do it justice. In such cases, it is possible to drop down to part-time, thereby permitting you simply to abandon some of the modules you originally signed up for, and focus your attention solely on what's left.

Moving from part-time to full-time, is going to be more problematic, unless you've been keeping up with the extra modules you end up taking on, or request to make the change early enough in the year. But it might be possible, especially if you do it very early on in the academic year.

In the first instance, please discuss your intentions with the Programme Director.

If you decide to proceed with a change to your mode of attendance, you will need to complete the online “Student Change of Circumstances” form, which is available from Student Records.  Further information can be found with Registry Services

Please note that changing your mode of attendance will also require you to amend your module choices, and you must ensure that you provide us with details of the modules you will be undertaking when you complete this online form.

Interrupting your studies

Occasionally students will find that they need to take a substantial break from their programme of study. It is possible to take an interruption of studies, normally for a period of one calendar year, or to the beginning of the next academic year. As far as the programme is concerned everything will stop and then you will re-commence your studies where you left them. It is best if you can do this when there is a natural break in the programme: for instance, in between academic years. However, there are times when situations like an illness cannot be predicted and in these cases we will try to support you as best as we can. 

In the first instance, please discuss your intentions with the Programme Director.

If you decide to proceed, you will need to complete the online “Student Change of Circumstances” form, which is available from Student Records.  Further information can be found with Registry Services.  

Postgraduate Diploma (exit award)

If you satisfactorily complete all of the requirements of the MA or MSc programme, up to but excluding the dissertation, you are entitled to exit it at that stage with a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy (or in History of Philosophy, or Philosophy of Psychology etc) on the basis of the 120 credits you have already earned. An actual MA/MSc degree would generally be preferable, even if it might mean that you need to resort to an interruption of studies and thereby delay things for a year: but, should you find yourself facing a crisis during that final summer, do keep this alternative option in mind. 

Withdrawing

Occasionally students choose to withdraw from their programme of study and although we do not want to see you leave we will support you through this decision.

Please do not just disappear without telling anyone. If you do not formalise your withdrawal from the College you will still be liable to pay full tuition fees.

In the first instance, please discuss your intentions with the Programme Director.

If you decide to permanently withdraw from the College, you will need to complete the online “Student Change of Circumstances” form, which is available from Student Records.  Further information can be found with Registry Services. 

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