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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Strand Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21, 17-JAN-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Study a broad range of topics covering everything from pre-Socrates to the present day in a department consistently rated among the top philosophy departments in the UK.

The course covers all major areas of philosophy both contemporary and historical and is suited both to philosophy graduates to expand their philosophical knowledge, and to students with first degrees in related subjects to introduce them to key concepts, arguments and texts from across the philosophical spectrum.

Key benefits:

  • Offers an amazing selection of optional topics with global reach, both current and historical, covering the entire philosophical spectrum from aesthetics to logic and everything in between.
  • Open both to Philosophy graduates and to those converting into Philosophy from other subjects at undergraduate level, with pathways appropriate to their different needs.
  • Located in the heart of London.
  • The opportunity to study Philosophy without any gaps.


This course is suited both to students with an undergraduate philosophy degree and to those moving into philosophy from another subject at undergraduate level.

If you are a graduate of philosophy, we will consolidate and improve your existing knowledge, and provide you with a firm foundation for subsequent independent research. If you are a conversion student, our General Philosophy module will introduce you to key texts, concepts and arguments from across the philosophical spectrum. This module, along with your choice of optional subjects, will prepare you for further research in philosophy.

Over the duration of the course you will earn a total of 180 credits. Sixty of these will come from a dissertation of around 12,000 words, which you will complete over the Summer at the end of the course. If you satisfactorily complete the course before the dissertation, you can exit the course without completing a dissertation and we will award you a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy on the basis of your 120 credits.

You will earn your initial 120 credits through your choice of optional modules. You will take most of these in your first or second semester, and they are each worth 20 credits; General Philosophy is the exception; it spans both semesters and is worth 40. If you do not have a background in Philosophy, we will normally expect you to take this module. It will introduce you to basic philosophical methods, techniques and terminology, and it will acquaint you with some of the most important and influential writings on the subject.

Career prospects:

Our graduates go on to careers in teaching, management and the financial or public sectors amongst others or further study.

Application deadline

27 August 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 23,460per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

King's College London, University of London

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    King's College London, University of London, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 2LS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 52 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    177 83%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    58 58%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%



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