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Unit information: Dissertation in 2015/16

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Unit name Dissertation
Unit code PHILM0001
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Grose
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Philosophy
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Those students who obtain satisfactory marks on the taught units are allowed to proceed to the dissertation stage. In consultation with their advisor, students choose an area of philosophy in which they would like to work. They are then assigned an appropriate dissertation advisor with whom they meet regularly on an individual basis.


To produce an independent and original piece of research on a topic of the student’s choice. The student will work closely with a carefully selected adviser, but the dissertation is the student’s own work, reflecting his or her creative and intellectual capacities and research skills. The choice of subject is the student’s own, but help and guidance will be provided in the process of identifying a suitable topic and defining its focus.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Refer to faculty guidelines for Dissertation

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

A dissertation of 15,000 words (excluding notes and bibliography)

Reading and References

Relevant reading will be suggested by the supervisor of the student.