Dissertation: Philosophy - PL998

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 60 (30) DR D Corfield


Successful completion of Stage 1 MA modules.





This is an independent study module with no specified curriculum. The dissertation is designed to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a focused and extended research project of their own devising on any topic within the study of philosophy. The dissertation involves student-directed learning and research with the aim of producing a structured and persuasive argument, demonstrating (where appropriate) a command of the technical language of philosophy, as well as knowledge derived from cognate disciplines.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 6

Method of assessment

Dissertation (12,000 words) - 100%

Indicative reading

Swetnam, D., Writing Your Dissertation: A Guide to Planning, Preparing and Presenting First Class Work;
Further reading to be determined by the individual student in consultation with the supervisor.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will have developed their skills of formulating and undertaking a research project involving the development of an argument, critical engagement with relevant literature, and the contextualisation of the issues and materials within the framework of contemporary thought on the topic;
Students will have expanded their knowledge of a focused area within the broad landscape of the contemporary study of philosophy, as well as and the historical work that have shaped it;
Students will have developed their ability to undertake further advanced postgraduate research in philosophy or another discipline related to the study of philosophy

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