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Postgraduate taught programmes

MA History of Philosophy

*Please note that there will be no entry to this programme from 2017/18.*

Overview: aims of the programme

The MA History of Philosophy involves one year's full-time study, or two years' part-time. It is a 'taught' Master's programme. The aim is upon developing philosophical skills and increasing the breadth of knowledge of different areas of philosophy, rather than pursuing original research.  This degree in particular focuses upon philosophical themes as they have been developed throughout history. A dissertation provides an opportunity to realize these aims in greater depth. 

Programme structure

Taught modules - requirements

Students must earn a total of 180 credits across their whole programme, of which 120 will come from taught modules.

Students enrolled onto the MA History of Philosophy programme must take 80 credits worth of taught modules from the below list:

The remaining 40 credits worth of taught modules will be selected from our wide range of options, please see our full list of available modules on our Module Webpage

Full time students will take 120 credits of taught modules in one year, followed by their dissertation over the summer.

Part time students must take a minimum of 40 credits and a maximum of 80 credits worth of taught modules in each year, and must take 120 credits worth of taught modules across the two-year programme. The dissertation will be completed over the summer of the final year of study.

Language modules 

Students are also encouraged to study a language relevant to their philosophical interests, such as French or German, Latin or ancient Greek. The content of these modules means that they may be counted towards your Philosophy credits, and would not count towards the external module allowance:

If you would like to take a language module, please refer to the online Module Selection Guidance for instructions on how to register.

Modules from other Departments

You are permitted by the programme regulations to take up to 40 credits (i.e. two 20 credit modules or one 40 credit module) from other departments at King’s besides Philosophy, or from other philosophy departments in the University of London (UCL or Birkbeck) during your entire programme of study.

If you would like to take an external module, please refer to the online Module Selection Guidance for instructions on how to register.


The remaining 60 credits will then come from a dissertation of around 10,000 words, on an approved topic in the History of Philosophy, to be completed over the summer at the end of the programme. 


To view the Programme Approval Form (full programme regulations, also known as the PAF), visit the Quality and Academic Support Office webpages.

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