Philosophy of Psychology

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

Course Overview

This course will suit students with an undergraduate philosophy degree and those converting to philosophy from another subject (for instance, psychology) at undergraduate level. For philosophy graduates, it will consolidate and augment their existing knowledge, with a special emphasis on philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mind. For conversion students, it is designed to introduce them to key texts, concepts and arguments from right across the philosophical spectrum.

Key benefits:

  • Open to Philosophy graduates, but also fully accessible to those converting in from other subjects (such as Psychology).
  • Trains students to a high level in Philosophy of Psychology and related fields in a short period of time.
  • Offers a wide selection of other 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 psychology). 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.

If you are a full-time student, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September.

If you are a part-time student, the course will take two years. Part-time students on the course normally take 60-80 credits in the first year and 100-120 in their second year. If you take General Philosophy, then you must do so in your first year, along with at least one required module.

Required Modules:

You are required to take:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules"

In addition, you are required to take 120 credits from a range of optional modules.

You are encouraged, but not required, to take the following modules for this course:

  • Philosophy of Mind (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind II: Special Topics (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology I (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology II (20 credits)

Other optional modules may typically include:

  • Early Modern Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Aesthetics (20 credits)
  • The Concept of Mental Disorder (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)
  • Perspective on Death & Killing (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Biology (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Language (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Medicine (20 credits)
  • Philosophy of Physics (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

We encourage you to take the Concept of Mental Disorder module, which you may take in addition to or instead of one of the above modules.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes 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.

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