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PHI9002 : Philosophy MLitt Research Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lorenzo Chiesa
  • Other Staff: Dr Michael Lewis, Dr Daniel Koczy, Dr Stephen Overy, Dr Adam Potts, Professor David Rose, Dr Shreyaa Bhatt, Dr Andrea Rehberg, Dr Miriam Baldwin, Dr Tina Chanter
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 40.0


This module consists of a detailed, advanced study which relates directly to the specific subject or theme of the MLitt, developing your MLitt topic through independent but guided research supported by supervision meetings, and producing an extensive piece of work.

This module aims to broaden and deepen a student’s knowledge and understanding of their specific research subject or theme by developing guided independent research.

Outline Of Syllabus

The dissertation should normally be between 16,000-24,000 words in length and consist of a detailed, advanced study which relates directly to the specific subject or theme of the MLitt. The subject of the dissertation will be extensively discussed with, and must be approved by, your supervisor. The majority of the work for this extensive piece of research will either be undertaken in the Summer period, for full-time students, or the Summer period of the second year of study, for part-time students.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1790:00790:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The MLitt is an introduction to a research degree so the scheduled supervisory meetings should be geared towards directing and consolidating independent study by the student.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10016,000-20,000 words, to be completed in semester 3
Assessment Rationale And Relationship


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