Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The course provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry as well as studying other fascinating areas of Philosophy, selected from a broad range of modules and covering all areas of the subject.

Geared to philosophy graduates, medical and other graduates, the course introduces 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.

Who should take this course

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree 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.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules:

You are required to take:

  • Philosophy of Medicine (20 credits)
  • The Concept of Mental Disorder (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

You will write a 10,000-12,000-word dissertation. If you are a part-time student, you will write this in your second year.

Optional Modules:

In addition, if you are a full-time student, you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules, outlined in the list below.

If you are a part-time student, you are required to take between 20 and 40 credits from this list in your first year, and then 40 to 60 credits in your second, to total 80 credits over the two years.

The list may include:

  • Aesthetics (20 credits)
  • Early Modern Philosophy (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)
  • Philosophy of Biology (20 credits)
  • Philosophy, Literature & Method (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Language (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind II: Special Topics (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Physics (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology I (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology II (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

If you have no background in philosophy we will strongly encourage you to take the General Philosophy module. There are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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