Taught course

Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry

King's College London · Department of Philosophy

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.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, 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:

  • Two core modules, worth 20 credits each: Philosophy of Medicine and The Concept of Mental Disorder. The module Perspectives on Death & Killing is optional but recommended.
  • Dissertation of 10,000 - 12,000 words, on a topic in the Philosophy of Medicine & Psychiatry, worth 60 credits.
  • 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.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
+44 (0) 20 7848 2765 / 2232