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Unit information: Supervised Independent Study in 2022/23

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Unit name Supervised Independent Study
Unit code PHILM0041
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Catrin Campbell-Moore
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Philosophy
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

This unit will enable students to pursue a defined and focused specialist philosophical interest working independently under the guidance of a member of academic staff.

Students will undertake their research independently, guided by a supervisor, and will produce a 6,000 word essay.

Through this unit, students have the opportunity to explore particular topics not available in taught units or in more depth than is offered in a taught unit. This thus allows for greater flexibility to respond to students' special interests.


This unit will enable students to:

  • Conduct a small-scale independent research project into the chosen philosophical topic or issue.
  • Structure their patterns of study independently
  • Produce a 6,000 word essay

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Developed sophisticated knowledge and understanding of the chosen philosophical topic or issue.
  2. Demonstrated the ability to critically assess and reflect on the relevant issues in the chosen area.
  3. Structured their own independent patterns of study.
  4. Demonstrated the ability to clearly present and communicate their research.
  5. Demonstrated research skills with a sophistication appropriate to level M/7.

How you will learn

Individual tutorials (normally 3 hours in total over the duration of the unit); guided reading; independent study and research.

How you will be assessed

6,000 word essay (100%)


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. PHILM0041).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.