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Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry MA

Course Description

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

Key benefits

- Offers a pathway into the Philosophy of Medicine and 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.

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

Course detail

- Description -

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding and skills in Philosophy of Medicine and 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. Those converting in from other subjects at undergraduate level will be strongly encouraged to take 'General Philosophy' as one of their options.

The programme has three elements:

(i) Two core modules, worth 20 credits each: Philosophy of Medicine and Perspectives on Death & Killing
(ii) Dissertation of around 10,000 words, on a topic in the philosophy of medicine, worth 60 credits.
(iii) Around four modules chosen from the MA courses in Philosophy, including General Philosophy, totalling 80 credits (with permission, one course may be taken outside the Department).

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 -

The programme is geared equally to students who already have some training in Philosophy and to those who wish to convert into the field 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. 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 -

Mostly taught through lectures and seminars; assessed through coursework and/or examinations plus a dissertation.

Student Destinations:

Further research in philosophy of medicine, or one or other branch of the medical profession; but also teaching, management, the financial or 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 Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry 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 Philosophy or any other field (which may but need not be Medicine). Conversion students should show evidence of an interest in and aptitude for the subject. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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