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Undergraduate programmes

Combined honours students

*NB this page details only the information from the philosophy side of your programme. Combined honours students should also consult the handbooks of their other department to ensure they understand the requirements on that side of their programme.*

General information: modules, levels and credits

Each module has a ‘level’ and a number of credits. Generally speaking, Level 4 modules are taken in the first year, Level 5 modules in the second year, and Level 6 modules in the final year. However you can opt to take a limited number of credits at Level 6 in year two, and a limited number of credits at Level 5 while in your final year.

Choosing modules from other Departments

The majority of your modules will be chosen from the lists available in the Department of Philosophy, and your combined subject. 

However, in your second and final years, you are permitted to take a maximum of 15 credits each year (up to 30 credits in the course of your degree) from modules offered by other philosophy departments within the University of London, subject both to availability and to approval from the Department Education Lead.

You may also take a total of 15 credits in the course of your degree from departments at King’s other than Philosophy or your combined subject, including modules offered by the Modern Language Centre, again subject to availability and approval from the Department Education Lead.

Year one

French & Philosophy, German & Philosophy, Philosophy & Spanish, War Studies & Philosophy 

All the above joint honours students will take a total of 60 credits in Philosophy from Level 4 modules (all are worth 15 credits, and are taught over one semester):

  1. Either 4AANA001 Greek Philosophy I or 4AANB005 Modern Philosophy I
  2. Either 4AANA002 Ethics I or 4AANB006 Political Philosophy I
  3. Either 4AANB007 Epistemology I or 4AANA003 Elementary Logic or 4AANA004 Metaphysics I or 4AANB008 Methodology
  4. One further module chosen from any of the above three lists

Note that some modules are taught in the autumn and some in spring. We recommend you divide your Philosophy modules equally across the two semesters, although this is up to you. You can, if you wish, take more modules in one semester; however this will result in a heavier workload along with what you are doing in the other half of your degree.

Year two

French & Philosophy, German & Philosophy, Philosophy & Spanish, War Studies & Philosophy 

In your second year, all joint honours students will take 60 credits in Philosophy.

All joint honours students must choose three modules (45 credits), drawn from at least two of the following groups:

Group A (2017-18)

Group B (2017-18)

Group C (2017-18)

We assume, but do not require, that you will mostly take modules building on the modules you chose in year one.

In addition you will take 15 credits either from the groups above or from any of the advanced Level 6 options offered by the Department. Please note that the advanced list varies from year to year; some modules may not be available in every academic session, so it is good to plan ahead if there are any topics you are especially keen to take.

Alternatively, you may request to replace 15 of your philosophy credits with modules from other Departments in King’s besides philosophy and your combined studies department (up to 15 credits in the course of your degree), or from other philosophy departments in the University of London (up to 30 credits in the course of your degree). Requests are subject to availability and to approval from the Department Education Lead.

Final year

French & Philosophy, German & Philosophy, Philosophy & Spanish, War Studies & Philosophy 

You will take 60 credits worth of Philosophy modules, at least 45 of which must be at Level 6. The remaining 15 credits may be at Level 5 or 6.

NB You must ensure that, between your philosophy selections and those in your other Department that you have chosen *at least* 90 credits at Level 6 during your degree.

Level 6 modules often build on the Level 5 modules described above. Thus some may have prerequisite Level 5 modules.

Note that there are no restrictions like those imposed in the second year: you have a free choice of modules, apart from the requirement to take at least 45 credits at Level 6.

Almost all Level 6 modules in the Department of Philosophy are worth 15 credits and last one semester.

The Dissertation is worth 30 credits (therefore it carries twice the weight of a normal taught module) and is taught by five one-on-one meetings with a member of staff and a weekly dissertation seminar in the Spring semester. The Dissertation is available to combined honours students, but optional.

Alternatively, you may request to take modules from other Departments in King’s besides philosophy and your combined studies department (up to 15 credits in the course of your degree), or from other philosophy departments in the University of London (up to 30 credits in the course of your degree). Requests are subject to availability and to approval from the Department Education Lead.

For course descriptions and assessment details on specific modules, see the information provided on the modules page.


The full Programme specification and regulations for your year of entry can be found on the King's Quality, Management and Policy webpages (link).

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