Philosophy Dissertation - PL507

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR M Wilde


Prospective students must write an extended essay proposal of approximately 500 words, formulate a potential question, find a willing supervisor, and have their proposal approved by the module convenor before being admitted to do the module. This is normally done in the preceding Spring. This proposal is not assessed as part of the module.

Students are typically allowed to take this module only if they are averaging at least a 2.1 in Stage 2, or the equivalent for visiting students.





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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Dissertation (10,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

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

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