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Course content

This course is based on King's expertise in the history of philosophy. King's Philosophy department is probably the only department in the world that can teach Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the present day with no gaps.

The course is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in which philosophy was a major component, who want to focus more the history of philosophy. It offers a broad range of options, spanning two and a half millennia of philosophy. 

Key benefits

  • Possibly the widest selection of optional MA courses in the history of philosophy available anywhere in the world.
  • Opportunity for training in a foreign language relevant to your main area of interest.
  • Located in the heart of London. 

Description

Our History of Philosophy MA draws on our unrivalled expertise in this field: offering coverage of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the present with no gaps. If you have an undergraduate degree in which philosophy was at least a major component, and you now wish to focus more narrowly on the history of philosophy – particularly to provide a firm basis for subsequent research – this course is ideal for you. 

At this advanced level a dissertation is a requirement but beyond that you are free to choose from our exceptional list of optional modules. While these focus primarily on the history of philosophy, you may also choose some from other related fields, including a language that will help you in your studies and research.

Course purpose

This programme is based on King's unrivalled expertise in the history of philosophy: we are probably the only department in the world that can teach Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the present with no gaps. It is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in which philosophy was at least a major component, who now wish to focus more narrowly on the history of philosophy, to provide a firm basis for subsequent research. 

Course format and assessment

Teaching Style

If you are a full-time student, we will provide six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 32 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide two to four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 12 to 24 hours of independent study.

Assessment

We will assess our modules through a combination of coursework and exams. You will also write a 12,000-word dissertation.

Mostly taught through lectures and seminars. Assessment methods vary from module to module, but will largely revolve around either sat examinations or submitted essays. Candidates also write a dissertation over the summer.

Career prospects

Some of our graduates continue their studies to further research, whilst others transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us to careers in teaching, management and the financial or the public sector.


Visit the History of Philosophy - MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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