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Philosophy of Psychology MA

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This course will suit students with an undergraduate philosophy degree and those converting to philosophy from another subject (for instance, psychology) at undergraduate level. For philosophy graduates, it will consolidate and augment their existing knowledge, with a special emphasis on philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mind. For conversion students, it is designed to introduce them to key texts, concepts and arguments from right across the philosophical spectrum.

Key benefits

• Open to Philosophy graduates, but also fully accessible to those converting in from other subjects (such as Psychology).

• Trains students to a high level in Philosophy of Psychology and related fields in a short period of time.

• Offers a wide selection of other 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 set number.

Course leaders Dr John Callanan

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


Over the course of your degree you will develop skills and knowledge through our modules and your own research. Sixty of your 180 credits will come from a dissertation of around 10,000 words on an approved related topic, and you will complete it over the summer at the end of the course. If you have completed the course satisfactorily before the dissertation, you may exit the course early and receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy of Psychology on the basis of your 120 credits.

Our required modules will give you a deep understanding in the field, and you will then be free to choose the remaining 40 credits from our list of master’s courses, or, with permission, through relevant modules in other departments. For students who have previously taken a philosophy degree, this will allow you to explore and deepen your expertise.

If you are converting from another subject, we expect you to take the General Philosophy module, which introduces basic philosophical methods, techniques and terminology, and which will acquaint you with some of the most important and influential writings on the subject.


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Course format and assessment

We will teach you through lectures and seminars. Each optional module will take two 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.

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

Regulating body
King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

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

If you are a full-time student, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September.

If you are a part-time student, the course will take two years. Part-time students on the course normally take 60-80 credits in the first year and 100-120 in their second year. If you take General Philosophy, then you must do so in your first year, along with at least one required module.
Required Modules
You are required to take:

• Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules
In addition, you are required to take 120 credits from a range of optional modules.

You are encouraged, but not required, to take the following modules for this course:

• Philosophy of Mind (20 credits)
• Philosophy of Mind II: Special Topics (20 credits)
• Philosophy of Psychology I (20 credits)
• Philosophy of Psychology II (20 credits)

Other optional modules may typically include:

• Early Modern Philosophy (20 credits)
• Aesthetics (20 credits)
• The Concept of Mental Disorder (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)
• Perspective on Death & Killing (20 credits)
• Philosophy of Biology (20 credits)
• Philosophy of Language (20 credits)
• Philosophy of Mathematics (20 credits)
• Philosophy of Medicine (20 credits)
• Philosophy of Physics (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 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

We encourage you to take the Concept of Mental Disorder module, which you may take in addition to or instead of one of the above modules.

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Philosophy of Psychology
Minimum UK requirements  2:1

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in Philosophy or any other field (which may but need not be psychology). 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.

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 £60 applies.

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 will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Philosophy of Psychology checklist
Personal Statement  Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. You should use your personal statement to discuss your intentions for the programme, and the route that has led you to it.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Writing Sample Yes

Please also supply a writing sample of approximately 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.

Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  

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 Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £21,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £10,650 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 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 2020/21.

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. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, 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
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • 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.

Financial help and support

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Career prospects

Graduates of our philosophy MA courses usually continue to further research, but many have also taken the skills which they developed over the course and entered into the fields of teaching, management and the financial or the public sectors.


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