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Life in the Department


With over 40 lecturing, research and teaching staff, over 300 undergraduates and over 150 postgraduates (including 90 active research students), and a number of visiting staff and students on a variety of exchange programmes, the Department of Philosophy at King's is a big place. However, both in spite of and because of this, our Department has retained a vibrant, open and friendly sense of community, and always sustains a packed schedule of social and other events. 

The Department office is located in the heart of the Philosophy Building (Room 507). When you need help, you will always find that our team of Professional Services staff will be able to point you in the right direction. 

If you find yourself on campus inbetween classes, and don't fancy the trip to the library, you will find that our two common rooms and PGR/GTA workspace are almost always occupied during term time. Our staff also keep weekly open-door office hours, so there will always be somebody around to enter into a philosophical debate with!

The KCL Philosophy blog is an online platform for current research, debates and events taking place within the Department. 


Once a year, near the start of the Autumn term, the Department descends on Cumberland Lodge for our annual residential weekend. This ever-popular event is an excellent opportunity to meet other students and staff in a relaxed, social environment.

There is plenty of life in the Department beyond your seminars and tutorials. Around 15 (often student-run) reading groups are held every week, on topics from all across the philosophical spectrum, from the philosophy of mind, to ethics, to theories of proper names. (Although mainly organised by postgraduates, undergraduates are often welcome to join in these sessions too - though be warned, the level can be quite advanced!) 

Throughout the year, our excellent student society Phil-Soc organises a schedule of talks and social events, including our now-legendary end of term parties, which regularly go on until the small hours of the morning.

In addition, every Wednesday during term time we run our parallel research seminars for first-year and advanced research students, after which we always end up in the King's College 'Sports & Social' (a.k.a. philosophy bar) for our weekly postgraduate social. MA students have their own weekly seminar on Friday afternoons.

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