What will I learn?


The Philosophy Department at King’s is one of the largest research departments in the field in the UK. We offer close personal supervision to students in a wide variety of research areas, with particular strengths in the history of philosophy (analytic and continental, Greek and Roman, Medieval, Early Modern, 18th, 19th, and 20th century); philosophy of mind, action and psychology; epistemology; metaphysics; philosophy of science, especially philosophy of physics and philosophy of medicine; ethics; political philosophy; philosophy of art; logic; and philosophy of language and logic.

Course detail

The Philosophy department offers close personal supervision to students in a wide variety of research areas. As a large and highly-integrated department we can support research projects spanning the various sub-fields of philosophy. Philosophy postgraduates are normally supervised within the Philosophy department. Students wishing to work with someone at King's who is not a member of the Philosophy department are urged to apply directly to the relevant department for admission as a graduate student. The PhD programme is exclusively devoted to research in philosophy. The programme lasts a minimum of three years full time study. During this time students meet with their supervisors on a regular basis to work on their thesis. During the first year, students are registered as MPhil students. You will have the opportunity to develop your research ideas and writing skills. Towards the end of the first students submit a thesis plan and an extended work sample for assessment before being upgraded to full PhD registration. At the end of their studies students submit a PhD thesis of a maximum length of 100,000 words. The thesis is examined by two examiners, one external, non-London based, one internal, London based, in a viva.

Which department am I in?

King's College, London

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£21,870.00 (US$ 30,090) per year
This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

17 January 2022


Strand Campus




WC2R 2LS, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Master's degree in Philosophy with Distinction (or equivalent) is normally expected but particularly strong candidates with a Merit classification are also eligible. Overseas students will be required to demonstrate IELTS of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in reading & writing and 6.0 in listening & speaking. TOEFL IBT 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing, 23 in reading and 20 in each of the other skills.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.