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Our Department of Philosophy in the heart of London has particular strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy. Our degree offers an extremely wide range of modules, including Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Psychology, available at few other UK universities.
One of the largest and most distinguished philosophy departments in the country.
The Department is ranked as one of the top-three UK philosophy departments in the 2014 Research Excellence framework for both the quality of our research and research power.
Our National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction results are consistently excellent. In the most recent NSS, we came first in the Russell Group for Teaching Satisfaction and Feedback and Assessment; 99% of students report being satisfied with our teaching.
King's offers an exceptionally wide range of optional courses, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy.
Our emphasis on small-group teaching ensures students acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking.
UCAS code V500
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
A-levels: AAA at A-Level
Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 D3
Further information below
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.
In our undergraduate teaching, we aim to combine a wide range of study options with direct staff to student contact. Our emphasis on small-group teaching in tutorials and seminars makes King’s an excellent place to express your ideas both in writing and in philosophical discussion with your fellow students and instructors.
Our programme offers an unusually wide range of options, such as Philosophy of Psychology and Gender and Philosophy. 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.
We review our options on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. There are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor. Please check here for updates, or contact the Department for further advice.
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.
You will take eight compulsory credit modules at level 4, four in each semester (modules are 15 credits unless otherwise stated).
Greek Philosophy I
Modern Philosophy I
Political Philosophy I
Please click through to see the current required module descriptions, which are subject to change each academic year.
There are no required modules for this course in Year 2. Students will take 30 credits (two modules) from each of the following three lists, plus an additional 30 credits either from the lists or from the optional level 6 modules .
• Greek Philosophy II: Plato
• Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle
• Modern Philosophy II: Locke and Berkeley
• Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza and Leibniz
• Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy
• Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy
• Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy
• Political Philosophy II: Theories of Freedom OR Justice (running alternate years)
• Epistemology II
• Metaphysics II
• Philosophy of Logic and Language
• Philosophy of Mind
• Intermediate Logic
• Philosophy of Physics I: Philosophy of Space & Time
In addition, you will take a further 30 credits from the modules listed above or from a wide range of optional 15-credit modules, which may include, but are by no means limited to:
* Hellenistic Philosophy
* Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools
* Philosophy of Mathematics
* Medieval Philosophy
* Philosophy of Psychology
* First-Order Logic
* Gender & Philosophy
* Topics in Modern Philosophy
* Topics in Political Philosophy
* 20th Century Continental Philosophy (NB the 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy Modules run in alternate years)
* Topics in Philosophy of Language
* Foundations of Analytic Philosophy
The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run.
In the third year students take 120 credits, at least 90 of which will be at level 6. Level 6 modules are optional subjects which often build on the level 5 modules described above.
To count towards their third year Level 6 requirement students may choose to write a 10,000 word Dissertation for 30 credits, taught over the programme of the year by one-to-one tutorials with a member of staff.
* Kant's Epistemology & Metaphysics
* Philosophy of Religion
* Set Theory
* Formal Syntax
* Greek Philosophical Texts I: Plato
* Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox Schools
* Philosophy of Science
* Ethics of Science & Technology
* Modal Logic
* 19th Century Continental Philosophy
* Formal Semantics
* Topics in the Philosophy of Mind
* Moral Normativity
* Topics in Greek Philosophy
* Philosophy of Psychology II
* Topics in Metaphysics
* Philosophy of Physics II: Quantum Mechanics
In addition, you may take up to two modules at other departments in King's or other colleges of the University of London or a language module at level 5 or above.
You may also choose to write a 10,000 word Dissertation for 30 credits.
Our students have gone on to a wide range of careers after leaving King’s. Among those who have recently graduated, a survey uncovered a 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
"On my course I have been able to meet many like-minded people, both students and professors alike who have expanded my grasp of the subject and have inspired me to achieve my professional goals of becoming a teacher."
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Full time tuition fees UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£17,050 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
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