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Graduate Diploma Project - PHI00043H

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. David Ingram
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module summary

The module is designed to allow students to pursue independently a topic of their own choosing under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

  • To give students experience in focusing on writing on a well-defined philosophical problem, chosen by themselves with guidance from a supervisor.
  • To develop students’ abilities to apply philosophical tools and techniques, in order to advance understanding of intellectual problems, and to provide a grounding for further independent research.

Module learning outcomes

  • Students should be able to display an in-depth and systematic understanding of a philosophical topic of their choosing, with a grasp of the forefront of current research in the area, providing a solid grounding for further independent research on related topics.
  • Students should be able to analyse complex areas of knowledge, displaying critical awareness; synthesise information and ideas from a variety of sources at the forefront of the discipline; evaluate research critically; and show originality in the discussion and application of ideas from the philosophical literature in developing their own arguments.
  • Students should show the ability to work autonomously and self critically.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay 4000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

The formative essay plan will be submitted on Monday Week 8 of the Summer Term.

The summative essay will be submitted by 12 noon on Friday, Week 10 of the Summer Term.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay 4000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work is returned within two weeks of submission.

Feedback on summative work is returned within four weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

To be agreed with Project Supervisor.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.