The programme is geared equally to students who already have some training in Philosophy and to those who wish to convert into the field after pursuing another subject at undergraduate level (which may be, but need not be, Medicine). It will enable the former students to consolidate their existing knowledge and to augment it with a close focus on issues in the Philosophy of Medicine. The latter students will normally be expected (though not strictly required) to take a special ‘General Philosophy’ module, which will introduce them to key theories and arguments, concepts and terminology, and classic texts from right across the philosophical spectrum. For students of both kinds, the programme will provide a firm foundation for subsequent doctoral research.
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding and skills in Philosophy of Medicine. They will also have the opportunity to study other areas of Philosophy, selected from a broad range of modules, covering all areas of the subject. Those converting in from other subjects at undergraduate level will be strongly encouraged to take 'General Philosophy' as one of their options.
The programme has three elements:
- Two core modules, worth 20 credits each: Philosophy of Medicine and Perspectives on Death & Killing
- Dissertation of around 10,000 words, on a topic in the philosophy of medicine, worth 60 credits.
- Around four modules chosen from the MA courses in Philosophy, including General Philosophy, totalling 80 credits (with permission, one course may be taken outside the Department).
All students, including part-time students, should ensure that they are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.
A full list of option modules that we expect to offer in 2013-14 can be found under the 'Structure' tab.
Dr David Galloway
King's College London
There will be different pathways for conversion and non-conversion students.
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Further research in philosophy of medicine, or one or other branch of the medical profession; but also teaching, management, the financial or public sector.
Year of entry 2013