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Module titleDissertation
Module codePHLM009
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Adam Toon (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

In this module you will pursue an individual programme of philosophical research, applying appropriate research methodologies and drawing on appropriate materials, to a topic approved by the programme director and under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to allow you to focus on a philosophical topic and methodology of your choice and engage in a sustained, in-depth piece of philosophical research

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in a specialised subject area in philosophy.
  • 2. Design an individual research programme, incorporating appropriate philosophical research methods
  • 3. Collate and analyse subject-specific information from a range of appropriate sources

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Assimilate and critically analyse data from an appropriate range of sources
  • 5. Develop cogent philosophical argument
  • 6. Communicate complex philosophical arguments and ideas effectively in writing.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Undertake an individual research project
  • 8. Use IT for information retrieval and presentation
  • 9. Manage your own work

Syllabus plan

Student-led workshop on 'Dissertation research and writing.' 
At least four supervision meetings: one to initiative the dissertation followed by three meetings to give academic guidance including specific feedback on draft work

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4One-to-one supervision
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2Dissertation workshop
Guided Independent Study594Independent study

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation10015,000 words1-9Written and or oral feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
DissertationDissertation (15,000 words)1-9Next reassessment period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Subject-specific reading will vary according to research topic.

Key words search

Philosophy Dissertation

Credit value60
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Satisfaction of entry requirements for the MA programme

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


Origin date