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Undergraduate programmes

BA Philosophy (single honours)

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.

However, in your second and final years, you are permitted to take a maximum of 30 credits each year (up to 60 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 30 credits in the course of your degree from departments at King’s other than Philosophy, including modules offered by the Modern Language Centre, again subject to availability and approval from the Department Education Lead.

Year one

In the first year of your degree, you will be expected to study 120 credits at Level 4.

As a single honours philosophy student, you will take eight compulsory modules (15 credits each). All of these modules are Level 4 and are taught for one semester only:

NB All eight of these modules are classified as ‘compulsory’ modules. This means that they must be taken and passed in order for you to be awarded your degree.

If you fail any of these modules in your first year, you will be offered up to two resit attempts and may progress to your second year of study subject to meeting the general progression requirements. However, it is essential that you pass all eight modules by completion of your third attempt, otherwise you will not be able to complete the programme.

Year two

In the second year of your degree, you will be expected to study 120 credits, of which at least 90 must be at Level 5 and chosen from three groups below. 

You must choose two modules from each of the three groups below. All these modules are Level 5 and worth 15 credits; they are each taught for one semester:

Group A (2017-18)

Group B (2017-18)

Group C (2017-18)

Having chosen two modules from each list, you will have chosen a total of 90 credits.

In addition you will take 30 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 take modules from other Departments in King’s (up to 30 credits in the course of your degree), or from other philosophy departments in the University of London (up to 30 credits per year). Requests are subject to availability and to approval from the Department Education Lead.

Year three

In the third year of your degree, you will be expected to study 120 credits.

At least 90 credits must be at Level 6 (the remaining 30 may be at Level 5 or 6). 

You have no other restrictions on choice of modules taken within the Department.

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

The optional Dissertation is worth 30 credits (therefore it carries twice the weight of a normal Level 6 module) and is taught by five one-on-one meetings with a member of staff and a weekly dissertation seminar in the Spring semester.

Alternatively, you may request to take modules from other Departments in King’s (up to 30 credits in the course of your degree), or from other philosophy departments in the University of London (up to 30 credits per year). 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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