Dissertation: Philosophy - PHIL9980

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Year 7 60 (30) Alexandra Couto checkmark-circle


Students will be asked to devise their own topic and question for their dissertation, with the guidance of an appropriate supervisor and MA Director. There is, therefore, no specified curriculum. This is a student-led module, designed to encourage independent learning, research and thought.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 6
Private Study Hours: 594
Total Study Hours: 600

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Dissertation (10,000 words) – 100%

Reassessment methods:
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Project

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading

To be determined by the individual student in consultation with the supervisor, but broadly based on the year's work across the whole MA.
The following title in particular may be of use:
Swetnam, D. (2007) – Writing Your Dissertation: A Guide to Planning, Preparing and Presenting First Class Work, Oxford: How to Content

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Navigate various disciplinary approaches within Philosophy;
2 Display detailed and critical knowledge of a specialist area(s) of research within the chosen field;
3 Demonstrate clear expression of carefully considered and carefully referenced independent views;
4 Demonstrate the relevance of their research study to wider themes within their field of study.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate their written communication and presentation skills, with a view to expressing complex thoughts;
2 Demonstrate their capacity to conduct research and independent study into relevant materials, using resources such as the Library and other archives as required;
3 Demonstrate their ability to construct and evaluate arguments;
4 Reflect on their own learning, planned their use of time, and identified appropriate directions for further study, encouraged by the individual supervisor;
5 Produce a word-processed dissertation that is of a high scholarly standard in terms of presentation and professionalism.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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