- Our Department of Philosophy has particular strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, ethics and the history of philosophy. We are also able to offer an extremely wide range of modules, including subjects like Indian philosophy and medieval philosophy which are offered by very few other universities in the UK.
Undergraduate teaching in the Department is organised on a modular system. The class of degree you are awarded will be determined by your performance in each year of your course. You will normally aim to accumulate 360 course credits in total over the period of the degree. Most course modules are for 15 credits, earned through a mix of essays and a written exam, though some (eg the dissertation) earn 30 credits.
The modules become progressively more advanced over the degree course. There are three levels of modules (4, 5 and 6) which basically correspond to the first, second and third years of the degree, though there is some flexibility in the second and third years. The purpose of this system of assessment is to allow you to build up a complex of philosophical material and skills, each stage giving you a good grounding for the next.
ABOUT THE Department of Philosophy
Graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers after leaving King’s. Among those who have recently graduated, a survey uncovered a merchant banker, a police constable, a barrister, a trainee journalist, a trainee teacher and several who had returned (or were about to return) to university to take higher degrees.
Recent graduates have found employment as….
• Analyst Consultant, Accenture
• Asset Distributor, Universal Music
• English Teacher, Primary School
• Intern (Public Affairs), Science strategy company
• Journalist, a business website
• Operations Manager, Five UK
• Research Assistant (Philosophy), a UK university
• Film Production Assistant, Production company
• Volunteer Development Support Officer, Diabetes uK
In our undergraduate teaching, we aim to combine a wide range of study options with direct staff-student contact. Our emphasis on small-group teaching in tutorials and seminars makes King’s an excellent place to acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking, and to express your ideas both in writing and in philosophical discussion with your fellow students and instructors.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Our programme offers an unusually wide range of options, such as Philosophy of Psychology and Philosophy in the Islamic World. Study of these options builds upon the solid foundation of core courses in the first and second years, with a lot of choice between modules already in the second year.
Assessment mixes examinations and essays, and all modules offer formative assessment to let you try out and explore your ideas.
The Department is based at the College’s Strand Campus, in the heart of central London. The College’s Maughan Library is a short walk away on Chancery Lane.
King's College London
Year of entry 2014