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Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry MA

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The course provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry as well as studying other fascinating areas of Philosophy, selected from a broad range of modules and covering all areas of the subject. Geared to philosophy graduates, medical and other graduates, the course introduces them to key concepts, arguments, texts and techniques in the Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry.

Key benefits

  • Offers a pathway into the Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry, particularly well suited to students whose undergraduate background is in medicine.
  • Offers a wide selection of optional topics, both current and historical, covering the entire philosophical spectrum from aesthetics to logic and everything in between.
  • Located in the heart of London.

The course provides you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the philosophy of medicine. You will also have the opportunity to study other areas of philosophy, chosen from a broad range of modules which cover all areas of the subject. Whether you are a philosophy graduate or studying the subject with us for the first time, our course will provide a firm foundation for subsequent doctoral research.

Base campus

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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 course you will be required to study modules on the Philosophy of Medicine and The Concept of Mental Disorder, each worth 15 credits. All students are expected to take Research Preparation Seminar in Terms 1 and 2 (30 credits). Aside from this, you  can choose four further modules (4 x 15=60 credits) from the Department of Philosophy’s Master’s courses. Students new to philosophy are expected to take the General Philosophy module in Term 1 (15 credits) as one of these four. You will also write a dissertation of around 10,000-12,000 words during the summer months, on a topic in the philosophy of medicine and psychiatry worth 60 credits.. One of these modules can be chosen from outside the Department, if permission is granted. Together these will total 180 credits.

Teaching

We will teach you through lectures and seminars. Each optional module will take two to four hours a week, and you should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.

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.

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 80% and examinations approximately 20% to your final mark although this will vary based on the modules chosen.

    Structure

    Required modules

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

    Philosophy of Medicine (15 credits)
    The Concept of Mental Disorder (15 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)
    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)
    Epistemology 1 (15 credits)
    Epistemology II (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)
    Metaphysics II (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 1 (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 to further research, but many have also entered into 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
    • library fees and fines
    • personal photocopies
    • printing course handouts
    • society membership fees
    • stationery
    • travel costs around London and between campuses
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    The course provides you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the philosophy of medicine. You will also have the opportunity to study other areas of philosophy, chosen from a broad range of modules which cover all areas of the subject. Whether you are a philosophy graduate or studying the subject with us for the first time, our course will provide a firm foundation for subsequent doctoral research.

    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 course you will be required to study modules on the Philosophy of Medicine and The Concept of Mental Disorder, each worth 15 credits. All students are expected to take Research Preparation Seminar in Terms 1 and 2 (30 credits). Aside from this, you  can choose four further modules (4 x 15=60 credits) from the Department of Philosophy’s Master’s courses. Students new to philosophy are expected to take the General Philosophy module in Term 1 (15 credits) as one of these four. You will also write a dissertation of around 10,000-12,000 words during the summer months, on a topic in the philosophy of medicine and psychiatry worth 60 credits.. One of these modules can be chosen from outside the Department, if permission is granted. Together these will total 180 credits.

    Teaching

    We will teach you through lectures and seminars. Each optional module will take two to four hours a week, and you should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.

    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.

    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 80% and examinations approximately 20% to your final mark although this will vary based on the modules chosen.

      Structure

      Required modules

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

      Philosophy of Medicine (15 credits)
      The Concept of Mental Disorder (15 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)
      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)
      Epistemology 1 (15 credits)
      Epistemology II (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)
      Metaphysics II (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 1 (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 to further research, but many have also entered into 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
      • 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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