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Philosophy BA

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Overview

Our Philosophy BA will help you to develop different perspectives on problems around you. King’s offers an extremely wide range of Philosophy modules for you to choose from, with no gaps in coverage from pre-Socrates to the present day. You’ll also have the chance to study Indian Philosophy or Medieval Philosophy – an opportunity only available at a handful of UK universities. Located in the heart of London, our Department has particular strengths in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, political philosophy and ancient philosophy.

Key benefits

  • The Philosophy Department is ranked 4th in the UK and 6th in Europe in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2018.

  • King’s offers an exceptionally wide range of optional modules, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy – without any gaps from pre-Socrates to the present day.

  • Our emphasis on small-group teaching ensures you acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking. Develop your philosophical ideas and arguments in a focussed environment with plenty of feedback and discussion.

  • Our Central London location means students can take advantage of leading societies such as the Aristotelian Society and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

  • One of the largest and most distinguished philosophy departments in the country.

  • Consistently ranked among the top philosophy departments in the country for research and teaching.

Key information

UCAS code V500

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

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Description

Undergraduate teaching in the Department is organised on a modular system. You will normally aim to take a total of 360 course credits over the three years of the degree. Most course modules are for 15 credits, earned through a mix of essays or a written exam, though some (eg the dissertation) earn 30 credits. The modules become progressively more advanced over the degree course. There are three levels of modules (four, five and six) which broadly correspond to the first, second and third years of the degree, though there is some flexibility in the second and third years. The purpose of this system of assessment is to allow you to build up your philosophical knowledge and skills, with each stage giving you a good grounding for the next.

Teaching style

In our undergraduate teaching, we aim to combine a wide range of study options with direct staff to student contact. Our emphasis on small-group teaching in tutorials and seminars makes King’s an excellent place to express your ideas both in writing and in philosophical discussion with your fellow students and instructors.

Assessment

Our assessment mixes examinations and essays, and all modules offer formative assessment to let you explore your ideas. The class of degree you are awarded will be determined by your performance in each year of your course, and will, to an extent, build on one another. The purpose of this system of assessment is to allow you to build philosophical material and skills, each stage giving you a good grounding for the next.

Location

The Department is based at the 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 readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

We review our optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting courses and this list is therefore subject to change. There are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor. Please check here for updates, or contact the Department for further advice.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules, each worth 15 credits:

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules in year one.

Year 2

As a second year student you will also have the option to study abroad with one of our partner institutions for the second semester or the full  the year. These currently include:  

  • University of British Columbia 
  • University of California
  • University of Chicago (full year only)
  • Hong Kong University
  • Monash University
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of Toronto (full year only)
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Wurzburg (basic German language required)
  • University of Sydney
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Michigan
  • Australian National University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • LMU Munich

 

Required Modules
There are no core modules in year two.
Optional Modules

In your second year you are also required to take two level 5 modules (15 credits each) from each of the following groups, which may typically include the following modules:

Group A

  • Greek Philosophy II: Plato (15 credits)
  • Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy II: Locke and Berkeley (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza and Leibniz (15 credits)

Group B

  • Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Applied Ethics & Politics (15 credits)

Group C

  • Epistemology II (15 credits)
  • Metaphysics II (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Language (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)
  • Intermediate Logic (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Physics I: Space & Time (15 credits)

You are also required to take a further 30 credits from any of the optional level 5 modules listed above, or choose from a further range of 15-credit, level 6 modules, which may typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Topics in Greek Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Medieval Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology (15 credits)
  • First-Order Logic (15 credits)
  • Aesthetics (15 credits)
  • Gender & Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Modern Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Political Philosophy (15 credits)
  • 20th Century Continental Philosophy (NB the 19th or 20th Century Continental Philosophy Modules run in alternate years) (15 credits)
  • Topics in Philosophy of Language (15 credits)
  • Utilitarianism (15 credits)
  • Women Thinkers in Antiquity & the Middle Ages (15 credits)

Year 3

Required Modules
There are no required modules for this course in your third year.
Optional Modules

You are required to take 120 credits from a range of optional 15 credit modules which may typically include:

  • Neoplatonism (15 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools (15 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox Schools (15 credits)
  • Kant’s Epistemology & Metaphysics (15 credits)
  • Medieval Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Religion (15 credits)
  • Set Theory (15 credits)
  • Aesthetics (15 credits)
  • Gender & Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Modern Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Political Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Philosophy of Language (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Science (15 credits)
  • Ethics & Politics of Science & Technology (15 credits)
  • Aesthetics (15 credits)
  • First-Order Logic (15 credits)
  • Topics in the Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)
  • Moral Normativity (15 credits)
  • Topics in Greek Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology II (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Biology (15 credits)
  • Utilitarianism (15 credits)
  • Modal Logic (15 credits)
  • 19th Century Continental Philosophy (NB the 19th or 20th Century Continental Philosophy Modules run in alternate years) (15 credits)

Alternatively, either in your second or third year, you may request to take modules from other departments at King’s (up to 30 credits in the course of your degree), or from other Philosophy departments in the University of London (up to 30 credits per year).

In your third year, you also have the option of taking the dissertation module for 30 credits. You’ll be assigned a member of staff to supervise your project, and attend dedicated dissertation seminars.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

None.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Entry Requirements
A-Level AAA Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer. 
Access to HE Diploma

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U  D3 D3 D3 Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)   D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers AAB in Highers

and

AA in Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 35 points including 666 in three Higher Level subjects. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements Band B  Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) 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.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

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 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our students have gone on to a wide range of careers after leaving King’s. Among those who have recently graduated, a survey uncovered a banker, a police constable, a barrister, a trainee journalist, a trainee teacher and several who had returned (or were about to return) to university to take higher degrees.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Analyst Consultant, Accenture
  • Asset Distributor, Universal Music
  • English Teacher, Primary School
  • Intern (Public Affairs), Science strategy company
  • Journalist, a business website
  • Operations Manager, Five UK
  • Research Assistant (Philosophy), a UK university
  • Film Production Assistant, Production company
  • Volunteer Development Support Officer, Diabetes UK

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