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History of Philosophy MA

Course Description

Broad range of options, spanning two and a half millennia of philosophy. You will also normally take a course in a relevant language, and write a dissertation, to build a foundation for further research.

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.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/history-of-philosophy-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

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. If a language module is taken, it should be taken in the first year. Since it is anticipated that students in this particular programme will already have a background in philosophy, the General Philosophy module will not normally be available: but, if it does get taken, it too must be taken in the first part-time year.

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

- 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 -

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.

The following list gives an indication of the kinds of modules on offer, though the exact provision will vary slightly form year to year:

Early Modern Philosophy; Foundations of Analytic Philosophy; Foundations of Phenomenology; Greek Philosophy I: Plato; Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle; Greek Philosophy III: Special Topics; Indian Philosophy I: The Orthodox Schools; Indian Philosophy II: The Heterodox Schools; Kant I: Critique of Pure Reason; Kant II: Moral Philosophy; Medieval Philosophy; Nineteenth-Century Continental Philosophy; Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy.

Career prospects

Usually to further research; also to teaching, management, the financial or the public sector.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent), in which philosophy will normally have been a major component. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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