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King’s College London Philosophy

King’s College London Philosophy

Philosophy BA

Overview

Our Philosophy BA offers an extremely wide range of modules, including Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Psychology, available at few other UK universities. Located in the heart of London our Department of Philosophy has particular strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy.

Key benefits

  • One of the largest and most distinguished philosophy departments in the country.
  • The Department is ranked as one of the top three UK philosophy departments in the 2014 Research Excellence framework for both the quality of our research and research power.
  • Our National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction results are consistently excellent. In the most recent NSS (2016), 95% of students report being satisfied with our teaching.
  • King’s offers an exceptionally wide range of optional courses, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy.
  • 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.

UCAS code V500

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Locations

 

Philosophy BA

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Course detail

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 and 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

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

We review our options on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes 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.

Your first year of study will comprise of the following modules, each worth 15 credits:

 

 

 

Required Modules

Please click through to see the current required module descriptions, which are subject to change each academic year. 

Optional Modules

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 subjects

None.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

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

A-Level subjects – University policy: 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.

A-levels: AAA at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma: 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: 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 at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

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.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

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

Philosophy MA

Geared both to philosophy graduates, to consolidate and expand their philosophical grounding; and equally to conversion students, to introduce them to key concepts, arguments, texts and techniques from across the philosophical spectrum, while also bringing them up to a high level in selected specialist areas.

Key benefits

  • Offers a wide selection of optional topics, both current and historical, covering the entire philosophical spectrum from aesthetics to logic and everything in between.
  • Open both to Philosophy graduates and to those converting into Philosophy from other subjects at undergraduate level, with pathways appropriate to their different needs.
  • Located in the heart of London.

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

Locations

 

Course detail

Description

Students must earn a total of 180 credits. 60 of these will come from a dissertation of around 10,000 words, to be completed over the Summer at the end of the course. (A student who satisfactorily completes the course up to the point of the dissertation may exit the programme without completing one, and will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy on the basis of their 120 credits).

The initial 120 credits will be earned through optional modules. Most of these are confined to either the first or the second semester, and are worth 20 credits; General Philosophy is the exception, and spans both semesters, and is worth 40. Students who do not have an undergraduate background in philosophy are normally expected to take the 40 credit General Philosophy module. This module introduces basic philosophical methods, techniques and terminology, and acquaints you with some of the most important and influential writings on the subject.

Otherwise, students have a completely free choice, although it should be noted that some of these modules are likely to be more accessible to conversion students, while others—particularly the more specialised ‘topics’-based modules—might appeal more to those who do already have a background in the field. These modules are mostly taught through two weekly hours of lectures and seminars. With permission, students may get up to 40 credits from modules taken outside the Philosophy Department.

Full-time students will complete the course in one year, September to September. Part-time students take two years, and are required to get 40 to 80 credits (but normally 60 or 80) in the first of these, and then 100 to 140 (but normally 100 to 120, including 60 from the dissertation) in the second. General Philosophy, if it is taken at all, must be taken in the first year.

All students, including part-time students, should ensure that they are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.

An indicative list of modules can be found under the ‘Structure’ tab.

Course purpose

This programme is suited both to students with an undergraduate philosophy degree and to those converting into philosophy from another subject at undergraduate level. For philosophy graduates, it will consolidate and augment their existing knowledge, and provide a firm foundation for subsequent independent research. For conversion students, there is a General Philosophy module which is designed specifically to introduce them to key texts, concepts and arguments from right across the philosophical spectrum: by means of this module, in conjunction with their own choices of optional subjects, such students will also be prepared for further research in philosophy.

Further literature

Intending applicants may consult the department’s current student information for full programme details.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.

Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework and/or examinations, along with a 12,000-word dissertation.

Structure

Required Modules

You are required to write a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Optional Modules

You will take 120 credits from a range of optional modules that may include:

•           Early Modern Philosophy (20 credits)

•           Foundations of Analytic Philosophy (20 credits)

•           Foundations of Phenomenology (20 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)

•           Medieval Philosophy (20 credits)

•           Nineteenth-century Continental Philosophy (20 credits)

•           Twentieth-century Continental Philosophy (20 credits)

•           Aesthetics (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)

•           Gender & Philosophy (20 credits)

•           General Philosophy (40 credits)

•           Mathematical Logic: Limitative Results (20 credits)

•           Metaphysics (20 credits)

•           Metaphysics II (20 credits)

•           Modal Logic (20 credits)

•           Perspectives on Death and Killing (20 credits)

•           Philosophy, Literature and Method (20 credits)

•           Philosophy of Biology (20 credits)

•           Philosophy of Language (20 credits)

•           Philosophy of Medicine (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 Mathematics (20 credits)

•           Philosophy of Science (20 credits)

•           Political Philosophy (20 credits)

•           Political Philosophy II: Special Topics (20 credits)

•           Set Theory (20 credits)

•           Topics in the Philosophy of Medicine (20 credits)

•           The Concept of Mental Disorder (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 at University College London or Birkbeck, subject to approvals

If you do not have a background in Philosophy you are normally expected to take the 40-credit General Philosophy module.

We regularly review the modules that we offer on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules that we offer may therefore change, and we suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates. There are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module, and you will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor.

Entry requirements & how to apply

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

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Philosophy or any other field. Conversion students should show evidence of an interest in and aptitude for the subject.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £50 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. Further details can be found on the Department website:(http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/philosophy/study/pgt/index.aspx).

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  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 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

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 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, 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.

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.