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Philosophy MA

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Our degree offers students a broad range of topics covering everything from pre-Socrates to the present day - Philosophy without any gaps. Suited both to philosophy graduates to expand their philosophical grounding, and to students with first degrees in related subjects to introduce them to key concepts, arguments and texts from across the philosophical spectrum, while bringing them up to a high level in selected specialist areas

Key benefits

  • Offers an amazing selection of optional topics with global reach, both current and historical, covering the entire philosophical spectrum from aesthetics to logic and everything in between.
  • Open both to Philosophy graduates and to those converting into Philosophy from other subjects at undergraduate level, with pathways appropriate to their different needs.
  • Located in the heart of London.
  • The opportunity to study Philosophy without any gaps.

This course is suited both to students with an undergraduate philosophy degree and to those moving into philosophy from another subject at undergraduate level. If you are a graduate of philosophy, we will consolidate and improve your existing knowledge, and provide you with a firm foundation for subsequent independent research. If you are a conversion student, your choice of optional subjects will prepare you for further research in philosophy.

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Over the duration of the course you will earn a total of 180 credits. 120 of these credits will come from modules taken in Terms 1 and 2. Conversion students are expected to take the General Philosophy Module (15 credits) in Term 1. All students are expected to take Research Preparation Seminar in Terms 1 and 2 (30 credits). The remaining 60 of these credits will come from a dissertation of around 12,000 words, which you will complete over the Summer at the end of the course. If you satisfactorily complete the course before the dissertation, you can exit the course without completing a dissertation and we will award you a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy on the basis of your 120 credits.

You will earn your initial 120 credits through your choice of optional modules. You will take most of these in your first or second semester, and they are each worth 15 credits.

You will have a completely free choice of modules, although you should note that some modules are likely to be more accessible to students without a philosophical background, while others, particularly the more specialised ‘topics’-based modules, might appeal more to those who do already have a grounding in the field.

Optional modules are mostly taught through two hours of lectures and seminars every week. If you gain permission, you may take up to 30 credits from modules outside the Department of Philosophy. You will complete the course in one year, from September to September. You should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

If you are a full-time student, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. You should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.

If you are a part-time student, you will complete your course in two years, and you are required to gain 40 to 80 credits (but normally 60 or 80) in your first year, and then 100 to 140 (but normally 100 to 120, including 60 from the dissertation) in your second. If you take General Philosophy, you must take it in your first year. You should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include exams and coursework essays. Coursework contributes approximately 70% and examinations approximately 30% to your final mark.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

    Dissertation (60 credits)

    Optional modules

    All students are expected to take the following module:

    Research Preparation Seminar (30 credits)

    All conversions students are in addition expected to take the following module:

    General Philosophy (15 credits)

    Students are required to make up the total of 120 credits from a range of optional modules. In any average year over 20 of the following modules may be on offer. Individual modules are not guaranteed to be running each year, and students should identify at least 10 of the following in order to avoid disappointment:

    Early Modern Philosophy (15 credits)
    Foundations of Analytic Philosophy (15 credits)
    Foundations of Phenomenology (15 credits)
    Greek Philosophy I: Plato (15 credits)
    Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle (15 credits)
    Greek Philosophy III: Special Topics (15 credits)
    Indian Philosophy I: The Orthodox Schools (15 credits)
    Indian Philosophy II: The Heterodox Schools (15 credits)
    Kant I: Critique of Pure Reason (15 credits)
    Kant II: Moral Philosophy (15 credits)
    Nineteenth-century Continental Philosophy (15 credits)
    Twentieth-century Continental Philosophy (15 credits)
    Aesthetics (15 credits)
    Epistemology 1 (15 credits)
    Epistemology II: Special Topics (15 credits)
    Ethics (15 credits)
    Ethics II: Special Topics (15 credits)
    Ethics of Science & Technology (15 credits)
    First-Order Logic (15 credits)
    Mathematical Logic: Limitative Results (15 credits)
    Modal Logic (15 credits)
    Perspectives on Death & Killing (15 credits)
    Philosophy of Medicine (15 credits)
    Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)
    Philosophy of Mind II: Special Topics (15 credits)
    Philosophy of Psychology I (15 credits)
    Philosophy of Psychology II (15 credits)
    Philosophy of Religion (15 credits)
    Philosophy of Science (15 credits)
    Political Philosophy I (15 credits)
    Political Philosophy II: Special Topics (15 credits)
    Set Theory (15 credits)
    The Concept of Mental Disorder (15 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Our graduates usually continue on to further research, but many have also entered the fields of teaching, management and the financial or the public sectors.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Library fees and fines
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationery
    • Travel costs around London and between campuses
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    This course is suited both to students with an undergraduate philosophy degree and to those moving into philosophy from another subject at undergraduate level. If you are a graduate of philosophy, we will consolidate and improve your existing knowledge, and provide you with a firm foundation for subsequent independent research. If you are a conversion student, your choice of optional subjects will prepare you for further research in philosophy.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Over the duration of the course you will earn a total of 180 credits. 120 of these credits will come from modules taken in Terms 1 and 2. Conversion students are expected to take the General Philosophy Module (15 credits) in Term 1. All students are expected to take Research Preparation Seminar in Terms 1 and 2 (30 credits). The remaining 60 of these credits will come from a dissertation of around 12,000 words, which you will complete over the Summer at the end of the course. If you satisfactorily complete the course before the dissertation, you can exit the course without completing a dissertation and we will award you a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy on the basis of your 120 credits.

    You will earn your initial 120 credits through your choice of optional modules. You will take most of these in your first or second semester, and they are each worth 15 credits.

    You will have a completely free choice of modules, although you should note that some modules are likely to be more accessible to students without a philosophical background, while others, particularly the more specialised ‘topics’-based modules, might appeal more to those who do already have a grounding in the field.

    Optional modules are mostly taught through two hours of lectures and seminars every week. If you gain permission, you may take up to 30 credits from modules outside the Department of Philosophy. You will complete the course in one year, from September to September. You should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.

    Teaching

    You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    If you are a full-time student, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. You should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.

    If you are a part-time student, you will complete your course in two years, and you are required to gain 40 to 80 credits (but normally 60 or 80) in your first year, and then 100 to 140 (but normally 100 to 120, including 60 from the dissertation) in your second. If you take General Philosophy, you must take it in your first year. You should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include exams and coursework essays. Coursework contributes approximately 70% and examinations approximately 30% to your final mark.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

      Dissertation (60 credits)

      Optional modules

      All students are expected to take the following module:

      Research Preparation Seminar (30 credits)

      All conversions students are in addition expected to take the following module:

      General Philosophy (15 credits)

      Students are required to make up the total of 120 credits from a range of optional modules. In any average year over 20 of the following modules may be on offer. Individual modules are not guaranteed to be running each year, and students should identify at least 10 of the following in order to avoid disappointment:

      Early Modern Philosophy (15 credits)
      Foundations of Analytic Philosophy (15 credits)
      Foundations of Phenomenology (15 credits)
      Greek Philosophy I: Plato (15 credits)
      Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle (15 credits)
      Greek Philosophy III: Special Topics (15 credits)
      Indian Philosophy I: The Orthodox Schools (15 credits)
      Indian Philosophy II: The Heterodox Schools (15 credits)
      Kant I: Critique of Pure Reason (15 credits)
      Kant II: Moral Philosophy (15 credits)
      Nineteenth-century Continental Philosophy (15 credits)
      Twentieth-century Continental Philosophy (15 credits)
      Aesthetics (15 credits)
      Epistemology 1 (15 credits)
      Epistemology II: Special Topics (15 credits)
      Ethics (15 credits)
      Ethics II: Special Topics (15 credits)
      Ethics of Science & Technology (15 credits)
      First-Order Logic (15 credits)
      Mathematical Logic: Limitative Results (15 credits)
      Modal Logic (15 credits)
      Perspectives on Death & Killing (15 credits)
      Philosophy of Medicine (15 credits)
      Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)
      Philosophy of Mind II: Special Topics (15 credits)
      Philosophy of Psychology I (15 credits)
      Philosophy of Psychology II (15 credits)
      Philosophy of Religion (15 credits)
      Philosophy of Science (15 credits)
      Political Philosophy I (15 credits)
      Political Philosophy II: Special Topics (15 credits)
      Set Theory (15 credits)
      The Concept of Mental Disorder (15 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Our graduates usually continue on to further research, but many have also entered the fields of teaching, management and the financial or the public sectors.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Library fees and fines
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationery
      • Travel costs around London and between campuses
      • Graduation costs

      Funding

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