Geared both to philosophy graduates, to consolidate and expand their philosophical grounding; and equally to conversion students, to introduce them to key concepts, arguments, texts and techniques from across the philosophical spectrum, while also bringing them up to a high level in selected specialist areas.
- Offers a wide selection of optional topics, both current and historical, covering the entire philosophical spectrum from aesthetics to logic and everything in between.
- Open both to Philosophy graduates and to those converting into Philosophy from other subjects at undergraduate level, with pathways appropriate to their different needs.
- Located in the heart of London.
Usually to further research; also to teaching, management, the financial or the public sector.
Dr Jasper Reid
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Year of entry 2013
School of Arts and Humanities
Department of Philosophy
31 July 2013 (though funding deadlines may be earlier).
No set number.
PT Home: £3950 (2013)
PT Overseas: £8125 (2013)
FT Home: £7900 (2013)
FT Overseas: £16250 (2013)
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2765 / 2232 / 7232
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This programme is suited both to students with an undergraduate philosophy degree and to those converting into philosophy from another subject at undergraduate level. For philosophy graduates, it will consolidate and augment their existing knowledge, and provide a firm foundation for subsequent independent research. For conversion students, there is a General Philosophy module which is designed specifically to introduce them to key texts, concepts and arguments from right across the philosophical spectrum: by means of this module, in conjunction with their own choices of optional subjects, such students will also be prepared for further research in philosophy.
Students must earn a total of 180 credits. 60 of these will come from a dissertation of around 10,000 words, to be completed over the Summer at the end of the course. (A student who satisfactorily completes the course up to the point of the dissertation may exit the programme without completing one, and will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy on the basis of their 120 credits).
The initial 120 credits will be earned through optional modules, selected from the lists below. Most of these are confined to either the first or the second semester, and are worth 20 credits; General Philosophy is the exception, and spans both semesters, and is worth 40. Students who do not have an undergraduate background in philosophy are normally expected to take the 40 credit General Philosophy module. This paper introduces basic philosophical methods, techniques and terminology, and acquaints you with some of the most important and influential writings on the subject.
Otherwise, students have a completely free choice, although it should be noted that some of these modules are likely to be more accessible to conversion students, while others—particularly the more specialised 'topics'-based modules—might appeal more to those who do already have a background in the field. These modules are mostly taught through two weekly hours of lectures and seminars. With permission, students may get up to 40 credits from modules taken outside the Philosophy Department.
Full-time students will complete the course in one year, September to September. Part-time students take two years, and are required to get 40 to 80 credits (but normally 60 or 80) in the first of these, and then 100 to 140 (but normally 100 to 120, including 60 from the dissertation) in the second. General Philosophy, if it is taken at all, must be taken in the first year.
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 modules expected to be offered in 2013-14 can be found under the 'Structure' tab.
Core programme content
Indicative non-core content
- Dissertation (60 credits).
NB The following modules are likely to be offered in 2013-14, although this is not set in stone. Occasionally, we might need to drop a module, for instance if there is insufficient demand for it from students; but, equally, there is a chance that a few other modules not listed here might end up getting added to the list. The timings, i.e. whether a module is taught in the first or the second semester, are also subject to possible revision: but the final provision should end up looking pretty close to this. Each of these modules is worth 20 credits, except where specified.
- General Philosophy (40 credits)
- Early Modern Philosophy
- Greek Philosophical Texts I: Plato (note: presupposes some competence in the ancient Greek language)
- Greek Philosophy I: Plato
- Indian Philosophy I: The Orthodox Schools
- Nineteenth-Century Continental Philosophy
- Philosophy of Biology
- Philosophy of Medicine
- Philosophy of Mind
- Philosophy of Psychology I
- Philosophy of Religion
- Philosophy of Science
- Political Philosophy
- Set Theory (note: presupposes some competence in basic symbolic logic)
- Theories of Grammar
- Epistemology II
- Ethics of Science & Technology
- Foundations of Analytic Philosophy
- Greek Philosophical Texts II: Aristotle (note: presupposes some competence in the ancient Greek language)
- Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle
- Greek Philosophy III: Special Topics (note: the topic for 2012-13 will probably be Neoplatonism)
- Indian Philosophy II: The Heterodox Schools
- Kant I: Critique of Pure Reason
- Kant II: Moral Philosophy
- Medieval Philosophy
- Modal Logic (note: presupposes some competence in basic symbolic logic)
- Perspectives on Death & Killing
- Philosophy of Language
- Philosophy of Mind II: Special Topics
- Philosophy of Physics
- Philosophy of Psychology II
- Political Philosophy II: Special Topics
- Theories of Meaning
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Mostly taught through lectures and seminars; assessed through coursework and/or examinations plus a dissertation.
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.
1 weekly lecture and 1 Logic class.
written examination/s; coursework; practical/s;
Formative assessment: 2 x 2,000-word essays, normally one in each semester, plus regular Logic exercises; Summative assessment: 1 x 3-hour end of year examination.
The module is intended for students who are converting into Philosophy at Master's level, and is designed to offer them a broad overview of the general state of play in four key branches of the discipline: Ethics, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics, Epistemology. In essence, it will teach people who might opt to specialise in one area of Philosophy the kinds of basic things that they are likely to be expected to know about the others; as well as providing an appreciation of the interconnected, systematic nature of Philosophy as a whole. There will be a five-week block devoted to each of these four areas. In addition, students will receive training in elementary Symbolic Logic through separate classes, following the main lectures across all twenty weeks.http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/philosophy/modules/level7/7aan4021.aspx
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Philosophy or any other field. Conversion students should show evidence of an interest in and aptitude for the subject.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
With your application form, you must include a sample of written work totalling approximately 3,000 words. We do not routinely interview applicants, but we may call you for interview; and you are very welcome to call the department to arrange a visit. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer over holiday periods.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
You should use your personal statement to discuss your intentions for the programme, and the route that has led you to it. Please also supply a writing sample of c.3,000 words with your application. Further details can be found on the Department website:(http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/philosophy/study/pgt/index.aspx).
British and EU residents can apply for AHRC studentships. Some Graduate School and School of Arts & Humanities studentships and bursaries are also available. The Department offers scholarships up to £10,000 annually: the Sorabji Graduate bursary, the Susan Stebbing bursary (for female students only) and the Peter Goldie bursary.
For further information, see the Departmental postgraduate Funding page.
King's was a natural choice for me because of its unbeatable reputation, outstanding lecturers, and fantastic surrounding environment.
Although King's lecturers are very busy, they are willing to spend time with students offering invaluable advice about assignments, exam preparation, and dissertations. Rather than simply telling me what to do, my lecturers focused on teaching me the skills required for finding my own answers and correcting problems in my work.
London is one of the centres of Philosophy and Humanities. While at King's, I have had the opportunity to attend lectures held by the Royal Institute of Philosophy and visit many of London's world class landmarks, including Royal Albert Hall, the National Gallery, and Tate Modern. By studying in London you have the opportunity to experience some of the finest performances, artwork, and academic presentations in the world.
King's has its own bar and pub, and there are also many cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants around campus, which are great for gathering. King's students are passionate in what they study, so there's almost always some common ground to connect with people. In addition to classes, my programme organises research seminars for students, which can help you get to know people through academic exchange.