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Postgraduate taught programmes

MA Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry

Overview: aims of the programme

The MA Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry 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 relate to the areas of medicine and psychiatry. A dissertation provides an opportunity to realize these aims in greater depth. 

Programme structure

Students must earn a total of 180 credits across their whole programme, of which 120 will come from taught modules. There are two compulsory modules for this programme, which will be automatically added to your record in your first year of study:

A further 80 credits will come from optional modules. You may choose from the wide selection of MA modules offered by the Department, 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 the Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry, 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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