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Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry MA

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Overview

Geared both to philosophy graduates, as a pathway into research in Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry, and medical (and other) graduates, to introduce them to key concepts, arguments, texts and techniques in the Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry.

The course provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry. They will also have the opportunity to study other areas of Philosophy, selected from a broad range of modules, covering all areas of the subject. 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here. 


Key benefits

  • Offers a pathway into the Philosophy of Medicine & 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. 

Key information

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

Further details

Course contact for further information

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 Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Philosophy

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Course detail

Description

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry. They will also have the opportunity to study other areas of Philosophy, selected from a broad range of modules, covering all areas of the subject.  If you are converting from other subjects 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. 
 
Over the course you will be required to study modules on the Philosophy of Medicine and The Concept of Mental Disorder, each worth 20 credits.

You will also write a dissertation of around 10,000 - 12,000 words, on a topic in the philosophy of medicine, worth 60 credits.

Aside from this you are free to choose around four modules from the Department of Philosophy's master's courses. One of these modules can be chosen from outside the department with permission. 

Course purpose

The programme is geared equally to students who already have some training in Philosophy, Medicine, or Psychiatry and to those who wish to convert into the field of Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry after pursuing another subject at undergraduate level (which may be, but need not be, Medicine). It will enable the former students to consolidate their existing knowledge and to augment it with a close focus on issues in the Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry. The latter students will normally be expected (though not strictly required) to take a special ‘General Philosophy’ module, which will introduce them to key theories and arguments, concepts and terminology, and classic texts from right across the philosophical spectrum. For students of both kinds, the programme will provide a firm foundation for subsequent doctoral research.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We will teach you through lectures and seminars. Typically, each optional module will take 2-4hours a week.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of examination and coursework, as well as a dissertation.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

You are required to take:

•           Philosophy of Medicine (20 credits)

•           The Concept of Mental Disorder (20 credits)

•           Dissertation (60 credits) - 10,000 - 12,000 words

 

If you are a part-time student, you will write your dissertation in your second year.

Optional Modules

If you are a full-time student, you will take 80 credits from a range of optional modules, outlined in the list below.

If you are a part-time student, you will take between 20 and 40 credits from this list in your first year, and then 40 to 60 credits in your second, to total 80 credits over the two years.

The list may include:

  • Aesthetics (20 credits)
  • Early Modern Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Epistemology (20 credits)
  • Epistemology II: Special Topics (20 credits)
  • Ethics (20 credits)
  • Ethics II: Special Topics (20 credits)
  • Ethics of Science & Technology (20 credits)
  • First-Order Logic (20 credits)
  • Foundations of Analytic Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Foundations of Phenomenology (20 credits)
  • Gender & Philosophy (20 credits)
  • General Philosophy (40 credits)
  • Greek Philosophy I: Plato (20 credits)
  • Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle (20 credits)
  • Greek Philosophy III: Special Topics (20 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy I: The Orthodox Schools (20 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy II: The Heterodox Schools (20 credits)
  • Kant I: Critique of Pure Reason (20 credits)
  • Kant II: Moral Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Mathematical Logic: Limitative Results  (20 credits)
  • Medieval Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Metaphysics (20 credits)
  • Metaphysics II (20 credits)
  • Methodology of the History of Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Modal Logic (20 credits)
  • Nineteenth-Century Continental Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Biology (20 credits)
  • Philosophy, Literature and Method (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Language (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind II: Special Topics (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Physics (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology I (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology II (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Religion (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Science (20 credits)
  • Political Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Political Philosophy II: Special Topics (20 credits)
  • Set Theory (20 credits)
  • Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Up to 40 credits from a range of master’s modules offered across King’s College London including modules in the MSc in Mental Health, Ethics and Law (Concepts of Psychiatry, Mental Health Law: The Civil Context and Mental Health Ethics (including up to 20 credits from Graduate Language Modules offered by King’s Modern Language Centre) or exceptionally at University College London or Birkbeck, subject to approvals

 If you have no background in philosophy we will strongly encourage you to take the General Philosophy module.

We review the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. 

 

Entry requirements & how to apply

Philosophy of Medicine Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  2:1 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.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £55 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.

Personal statement and supporting information

You should use your personal statement to discuss your intentions for the programme, and the route that has led you to it. Please also supply a writing sample of c.3,000 words with your application. The writing sample need not be a philosophy essay, as any writing that demonstrates clarity of thought and critical thinking skills can suffice. However, an essay that provided evidence of interest in philosophical concepts and argumentation would be advantageous.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 30th March 2018.  Applications will remain open if places are available and 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 27th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 31st August 2018.

Help and support

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.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,900 per year (2018/19)
  • Full time overseas fees: £19,320 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time UK fees: £4,950 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,660 per year (2018/19)

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, payment is due within one week 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.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, 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
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

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

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Career prospects

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.

Career destinations

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.

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