Develop your 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.
If you area a philosophy graduate, medical graduate or have an interest in this area, the course will introduce you to key concepts, arguments, texts and techniques in the Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake No fixed number.
Course leaders Dr John Callanan and Professor Sherrilyn Roush
Dr John Callanan and Professor Sherrilyn Roush
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department of Philosophy
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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.
If you are converting from another subject at undergraduate level, you will be strongly encouraged to take our ‘General Philosophy’ module as one of your options, which will introduce you to key theories and arguments, concepts and terminology, and classic texts from right across the philosophical spectrum. 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.
TeachingWe 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.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
AssessmentYour 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.
LocationThe course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus, in the heart of central London, putting you close to all our facilities and within easy reach of the cultural attractions of the Southbank and Covent Garden. The library and computing facilities are easily accessible, together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.
Regulating bodyKing's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
You are required to take:
You will write a 10,000-12,000-word dissertation. If you are a part-time student, you will write this in your second year.
In addition, You are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules, outlined in the list below.
If you have no background in philosophy we will strongly encourage you to take the General Philosophy module. There are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module.
King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.
Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in Philosophy or any other field (which may but need not be Medicine). Conversion students should show evidence of an interest in and aptitude for the subject.
In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.
Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.
With your application form, you must include a sample of written work totalling approximately 3,000 words. We do not routinely interview applicants, but we may call you for interview; and you are very welcome to call the department to arrange a visit. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer over holiday periods.
You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.
Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.
If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.
Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.
These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
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/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
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