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Philosophy Intercalated BSc

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Our intercalated Philosophy BSc programme will explore philosophy in its broadest sense – as opposed to philosophy for doctors – by investigating the problems that form the core of the subject as it has evolved in the Western tradition. We do, however, target issues and challenges, and present them in a way that is interesting and relevant to students of medical disciplines.

For more information, including details on how to apply, see our Intercalated BSc pages.

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


Key benefits

  • Research training that leads to an individual project.

  • One-year programme leading to an intercalated BSc.

  • Teaching by experts in the field.

Key information

UCAS code N/A

Duration One year

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King’s College London

Department Department of Philosophy



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We will provide you with an understanding of some central issues in general metaphysics and epistemology, in particular issues concerning the ways in which the kind of objectivity possible in evaluative and ethical thought both resembles and differs from the kind of objectivity that is typical of the natural sciences. This will help you to develop different perspectives on problems you may encounter in your professional life.


We teach our courses through a mixture of lectures and seminar discussions, although given the relatively small numbers of students on the course, it is possible to incorporate a good deal of discussion within a lecture. 



Knowledge, Objectivity & Relativism

40 hours

Facts & Values in Historical Perspective

40 hours

Values, Needs & Desires

40 hours


5 hours



For all modules except the dissertation, you will have one three-hour written exam which contributes to your final mark, and formative essays which provide you with some sense of how your work is progressing and practice in essay techniques. For your dissertation module, you will write a 10,000-word dissertation.



Knowledge, Objectivity & Relativism

Summative assessment: one three-hour written examination in the May/June examination period.

Formative assessment: two1,500-word formative essays in the first semester, and two in the second.

Facts & Values in Historical Perspective

As above

Values, Needs & Desires

As above


Summative assessment: dissertation of 10,000 words (maximum)



View a full list of intercalated courses.


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Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Find out more about how to apply.



Year 1

Required modules

  • Knowledge, Objectivity & Relativism (30 credits)

  • Facts & Values in Historical Perspective (30 credits)

  • Values, Needs & Desires (30 credits)

  • Dissertation (30 credits)

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index.aspx

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Entry requirements


Further information and other requirements

Please see the Intercalated BSc Entry Requirements page.

Selection procedure

Application deadline

King's students:  18th February 2019   
Non-King's students: 4th March 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

In addition to your tuition fees, 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 for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduate costs

Please see the Intercalated BSc Fees & Funding page.

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.


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