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This course will suit students with an undergraduate philosophy degree and those converting to philosophy from another subject (for instance, psychology) at undergraduate level. For philosophy graduates, it will consolidate and augment their existing knowledge, with a special emphasis on philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mind. For conversion students, it is designed to introduce them to key texts, concepts and arguments from right across the philosophical spectrum.

Key benefits

• Open to Philosophy graduates, but also fully accessible to those converting in from other subjects (such as Psychology).

• Trains students to a high level in Philosophy of Psychology and related fields in a short period of time.

• Offers a wide selection of other 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.


Over the course of your degree you will develop skills and knowledge through our modules and your own research. Sixty of your 180 credits will come from a dissertation of around 10,000 words on an approved related topic, and you will complete it over the summer at the end of the course. If you have completed the course satisfactorily before the dissertation, you may exit the course early and receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy of Psychology on the basis of your 120 credits.

Our required modules will give you a deep understanding in the field, and you will then be free to choose the remaining 40 credits from our list of master’s courses, or, with permission, through relevant modules in other departments. For students who have previously taken a philosophy degree, this will allow you to explore and deepen your expertise. 

If you are converting from another subject, we expect you to take the General Philosophy module, which introduces basic philosophical methods, techniques and terminology, and which will acquaint you with some of the most important and influential writings on the subject.

Course format and assessment


We will teach you through lectures and seminars. Each optional module will take two hours a week, and you should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


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

Required Modules

You are required to take:

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 120 credits from a range of optional modules.

You are encouraged, but not required, to take the following modules for this course:

• Philosophy of Mind (20 credits)

• Philosophy of Mind II: Special Topics (20 credits)

• Philosophy of Psychology I (20 credits)

• Philosophy of Psychology II (20 credits)

Other optional modules may typically include:

• Early Modern Philosophy (20 credits)

• Aesthetics (20 credits)

• The Concept of Mental Disorder (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)

• Foundations of Analytic Philosophy (20 credits)

• Foundations of Phenomenology (20 credits)

• Gender & Philosophy (20 credits)

• General Philosophy (40 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)

• Mathematical Logic: Limitative Results (20 credits)

• Medieval Philosophy (20 credits)

• Metaphysics (20 credits)

• Metaphysics II (20 credits)

• Methodology of the History of Philosophy (20 credits)

• Modal Logic (20 credits)

• Nineteenth-century Continental Philosophy (20 credits)

• Perspective on Death & Killing (20 credits)

• Philosophy of Biology (20 credits)

• Philosophy of Language (20 credits)

• Philosophy of Mathematics (20 credits)

• Philosophy of Medicine (20 credits)

• Philosophy of Physics (20 credits)

• Philosophy of Religion (20 credits)

• Philosophy of Science (20 credits)

• Political Philosophy (20 credits)

• Political Philosophy II: Special Topics (20 credits)

• Set Theory (20 credits)

• Twentieth-century Continental Philosophy (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 exceptionally at University College London or Birkbeck, subject to approvals

Career prospects

Graduates of our philosophy MA courses usually continue to further research, but many have also taken the skills which they developed over the course and entered into the fields of teaching, management and the financial or the public sectors.

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