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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation: Part-Time MSc Epistemology, Ethics and Mind (Online) (PHIL11157)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryStudents will focus their dissertation on a relevant topic as agreed with supervisor(s) and approved by Programme Director.
Course description The dissertation will involve a research project within the fields of epistemology, ethics and philosophy of mind and cognitive science, including projects at the intersection of one or more of these fields.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 01/08/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 578 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 95 %, Practical Exam 5 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 95% - 8000 word dissertation
5% 800 word dissertation proposal (due week 6 of the last semester of taught courses)

The recommended word limit for the dissertation is 8,000 words. For certain projects, it may be necessary for students to write a slightly longer dissertation up 10,000 words, and you should consult your supervisor if you feel that this may apply to you.

The dissertation proposal is aimed at getting students to think seriously about their independent research project. It will require them to organise a reading list, and encourage them to narrow down their ideas to something that (a) can be supervised by a faculty member, and (b) can be achieved in 8000 words.
Feedback - Supervisors will comment on drafts of dissertation chapters. -Students should arrange to meet regularly with their dissertation supervisor for guidance on structure and content of dissertation project.
- Students can have meetings with their programme director and personal tutor for more general feedback on the dissertation component of their programme.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. develop a philosophical argument at length
  2. apply the philosophical techniques they have learnt in the taught courses
Reading List
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Philosophy Hubpage on Learn
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research skills, personal effectiveness, intellectual skills
Additional Class Delivery Information Students should agree on a dissertation topic and supervisor, with whom they are expected to keep in close contact throughout their research project.
KeywordsIndependent research skills; argument; writing skills
Course organiserDr Jesper Kallestrup
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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