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Philosophy MA



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.

Key benefits

  • 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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders

Dr Jasper Reid

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2569 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Philosophy


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

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.

Application procedure

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 and 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:(

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


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. 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. 


An indicative list of modules can be found under the 'Structure' tab.

Course purpose

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.

Further literature

Intending applicants may consult the department's current student information for full programme details

Course format and assessment

Mostly taught through lectures and seminars; assessed through coursework and/or examinations plus a dissertation.


  • Required Modules

    • Dissertation (60 credits).

    Optional Modules

    The following list gives an indication of the kinds of modules we offer, although the exact provision will vary slightly from year to year: please check the department’s module webpages for more information. Each of these modules is worth 20 credits except where specified.

    • Aesthetics

    • The Concept of Mental Disorder

    • Early Modern Philosophy

    • Epistemology

    • Ethics

    • Ethics II

    • Ethics II

    • First-Order Logic (note: presupposes some competence in basic symbolic logic)

    • Foundations of Analytic Philosophy

    • Foundations of Phenomenology

    • General Philosophy (40 credits)

    • Greek Philosophical Texts I: Plato (note: presupposes some competence in the ancient Greek language)

    • Greek Philosophical Texts II: Aristotle (note: presupposes some competence in the ancient Greek language)

    • Greek Philosophy I: Plato

    • Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle

    • Greek Philosophy III: Special Topics

    • Indian Philosophy I: The Orthodox Schools

    • Indian Philosophy II: The Heterodox Schools

    • Kant I: Critique of Pure Reason

    • Kant II: Moral Philosophy

    • Mathematical Logic: Limitative Results (note: presupposes some competence in basic symbolic logic)

    • Medieval Philosophy

    • Metaphysics

    • Nineteenth-Century Continental Philosophy

    • Perspectives on Death & Killing

    • Philosophy of Language

    • Philosophy of Mathematics

    • Philosophy of Medicine

    • Philosophy of Mind

    • Philosophy of Mind II: Special Topics

    • Philosophy of Physics

    • Philosophy of Psychology I

    • Philosophy of Psychology II

    • Philosophy of Religion

    • Philosophy of Science

    • Political Philosophy

    • Political Philosophy II: Special Topics

    • Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy


Career prospects

Usually to further research; also to teaching, management, the financial or the public sector.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

The Philosophy Department offers bursaries totalling £10,000 annually: the Sorabji bursary, the Peter Goldie bursary, and (for female students only) the Susan Stebbing bursary. There may also be other studentships and bursaries available from other funding bodies. For further information, see the departmental postgraduate funding page.



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