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Postgraduate taught programmes

MSc Philosophy of Mental Disorder

NB: This programme is being discontinued. It is not possible to enrol for 2015-16 entry onwards.

Overview: aims of the programme

The MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the Institute of Psychiatry. The course is taught jointly by these two institutions and, for this reason, it is genuinely and helpfully interdisciplinary. The course provides a unique opportunity to examine issues arising at the intersection of philosophy and the theory of mental disorder, and more generally to examine the philosophical and conceptual problems raised by the study of the human mind.

The degree requires one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. It includes a coursework component as well as a dissertation.

Programme structure

Taught modules

Students must earn a total of 180 credits, of which 120 will come from taught modules. (The remaining 60 credits come from the dissertation - see below.) Students on this programme should choose from the following modules (please note that your year of entry determines which modules are available to you):

2014-15 entry 2013-14 entry 2012-13 entry or earlier

Full-time students must earn a total of 180 credits, 60 of which are obtained with the dissertation. Part-time students take 80 credits of taught modules in their first year and 40 credits of taught modules in their second year (in the second year they also write their dissertation). 

For each taught module, a seminar is offered every week during term (with the exception of reading week) in both term 1 and term 2. There is no teaching in term 3.


For administrative purposes, the dissertation is also considered a module and is the only compulsory module for this degree. Students are free to select the topic of the dissertation that they prefer, but when thinking about possible title/topic they should seek advice from one of the lecturers.

Further information

For additional information concerning the programme, follow the links below:

Programme Approval form (complete programme regulations)

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