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Level: Level 6
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Completion of core modules at Level 2 in Philosophy OR permission of module convenor

Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

The "Philosophy Dissertation" module will enable you carry out independent research on either a philosopher or a philosophical problem of your choice. You will learn how to set your own title, devise your own research questions and how to write an extended research essay.
The module is assessed as follows:
After a number of seminars on how to design and implement an extended research project, you will have regular meetings with your Dissertation Supervisor. You will submit a 1,500 word portfolio consisting of a research proposal and annotated bibilography as part of the development of your project and finally a 7,500 word dissertation.

The module aims to develop student's ability to identify a research/dissertation topic, formulate appropriate research questions and find and identify relevant literature and sources. The module also aims to develop student's ability to plan, structure and complete a more substantial piece of independent work than is required for curriculum-based modules.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Identify and explain a viable research topic and research question: 1,2
Plan and structure a more substantial piece of
work than is required in curriculum-based modules: 1,2
Communicate effectively an extended argument in writing.: 2
Critically assess the merits and drawbacks of the philosophical positions they discuss.: 2
Identify, analyze and critically discuss the literature relevant to the research question: 1,2

Study hours

5 compulsory seminars on research skills and research design: 5 hours
Student engagement with online resources related to research skills and design (uploaded to module's KLE page): 5 hours
A minimum of 3/4 meetings with Supervisor in semester 1: 4 hours
A minimum of 6 meetings with Supervisor in semester 2: 6 hours
Private study: 280 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 15%
1,500 word portfolio
The portfolio will be a maximum of 1,500 words and will consist of three items: 1. The title of dissertation 2. A research plan detailing the research questions that will be addressed in the dissertation. 3. An annotated bibliography

2: Dissertation weighted 85%
7,500 words independent research dissertation
7,500 words independent research dissertation