Overview: aims of the programme
The MA in Philosophy involves one year's full-time study, or two years' part-time. It is a 'taught' Master's programme. The focus is upon developing philosophical skills and increasing the breadth of knowledge of different areas of philosophy, rather than pursuing original research. A dissertation provides an opportunity to realize these aims in greater depth.
Students must earn a total of 180 credits across their whole programme, of which 120 will come from taught modules. A full list of available modules is available 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.
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 Philosophy, to be completed over the summer at the end of the programme.