Philosophy Dissertation - PHIL5070

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 30 (15) Michael Wilde checkmark-circle


Students write a dissertation on a topic of their own choice in consultation with a supervisor. The topic must be on a philosophical subject. The final-year dissertation gives students the opportunity to satisfy their intellectual curiosity by individually and independently researching a large-scale project of their own choice. Students will be given guidance by a chosen supervisor across the chosen academic terms, but the rhythm of research, the writing and frequency of meetings between supervisor and student is left to the individual student to determine.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 8
Private Study Hours: 292
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Dissertation (10,000 words) – 100%

Reassessment methods:
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Project

Indicative reading

This will again vary from dissertation to dissertation. Students will be expected to work with relevant research-level materials.

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 Understood a specific philosophical topic in detail sufficiently such that they can set their own question;
2 Provided a detailed, in-depth, critical answer to the question that they raise.

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

1 Produce a piece of written work that is presented to a high standard;
2 Demonstrate their ability to produce written work that shows a high degree of organisation;
3 Demonstrate their ability to produce written work that contains an independent intellectual argument.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  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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