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Dissertation Preparation - PHI00022M

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Owen Hulatt
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To learn how to identify, prepare and plan a research project in Philosophy
  • To learn how to present research projects in funding applications
  • To master resource discovery tools and literature surveys
  • To learn how to develop own ideas while also engaging with existing literature on the topic

Module learning outcomes

Subject content
The main elements of a successful research project in philosophy: research questions, research context and outline of project

Academic and graduate skills
Identifying and developing a set of research questions on the basis of critical engagement with a body of literature

Other learning outcomes (if applicable)
To be prepared to write up their project independently


Task Length % of module mark
Annotated Bibliography - 3000 words
N/A 30
Research Proposal - 1000 words
N/A 25
Thesis Outline - 2000 words
N/A 45

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Research Proposal - Reassessment
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on Research Proposal by Week 6 Spring Term

Feedback on Annotated Bibliography by Week 6 Summer Term

Feedback on Thesis Outline within 6 weeks of submission.

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