The MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder is the result of a collaboration between the Department Philosophy and the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London. The programme is taught jointly by these two institutions and, for this reason, it is genuinely and helpfully interdisciplinary.
The main focus is obviously the theory of mental disorder. The programme provides a unique opportunity to examine conceptual and theoretical issues arising at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, psychiatry and social science. More generally it provides the opportunity to examine the philosophical and conceptual problems raised by the study of the human mind.
The degree requires one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. It includes a coursework component as well as a dissertation. The coursework component is divided into taught modules, including: The Concept of Mental Disorder (40 credits), Models of Psycholpathology (40 credits), Philosophy of Psychology I (20 credits), Philosophy of Psychology II (20 credits), Philosophy of Mind I (20 credits), Philosophy of Mind II (20 credits).
Each taught modules involves both lectures and seminars. The dissertation is worth 60 credits. Full-time students select taught modules among those offered in the year they are taking the course. Part-time students choose taught modules for a total of 80 credits in their first year and for a total of 40 credits in their second year (in the second year they also write their dissertation).
Applications from part-time study are welcome. As far as possible the timetable is structured to assist students with professional commitments.
Dr Matteo Mameli
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Strand Campus and the Institute of Psychiatry, Denmark Hill. Campus.
Academic work involving philosophy, teaching, journalism, cultural management or the financial sector. Others take up or return to work in the field of mental health.
Year of entry 2013