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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    09 October 2017

Course content

Geared both to philosophy graduates, as a pathway into research in Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry, and medical (and other) graduates, to introduce them to key concepts, arguments, texts and techniques in the Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry.

The course provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry. They will also have the opportunity to study other areas of Philosophy, selected from a broad range of modules, covering all areas of the subject. 

Key benefits

  • Offers a pathway into the Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry, particularly well suited to students whose undergraduate background is in medicine.
  • Offers a wide selection of 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. 

Description

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry. They will also have the opportunity to study other areas of Philosophy, selected from a broad range of modules, covering all areas of the subject. If you are converting from other subjects at undergraduate level, you will be strongly encouraged to take our 'General Philosophy' module as one of your options which will introduce you to key theories and arguments, concepts and terminology, and classic texts from right across the philosophical spectrum. Whether you are a philosophy graduate or studying the subject with us for the first time, our course will provide a firm foundation for subsequent doctoral research. 

Over the course you will be required to study modules on the Philosophy of Medicine and The Concept of Mental Disorder, each worth 20 credits.

You will also write a dissertation of around 10,000 - 12,000 words, on a topic in the philosophy of medicine, worth 60 credits.

Aside from this you are free to choose around four modules from the Department of Philosophy's master's courses. One of these modules can be chosen from outside the department with permission. 

Course purpose

The programme is geared equally to students who already have some training in Philosophy, Medicine, or Psychiatry and to those who wish to convert into the field of Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry after pursuing another subject at undergraduate level (which may be, but need not be, Medicine). It will enable the former students to consolidate their existing knowledge and to augment it with a close focus on issues in the Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry. The latter students will normally be expected (though not strictly required) to take a special ‘General Philosophy’ module, which will introduce them to key theories and arguments, concepts and terminology, and classic texts from right across the philosophical spectrum. For students of both kinds, the programme will provide a firm foundation for subsequent doctoral research.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We will teach you through lectures and seminars. Typically, each optional module will take 2-4hours a week.

Assessment

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

Career prospects

Our graduates usually continue to further research, but many have also entered into the fields of teaching, management and the financial or the public sectors.


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

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