Over the duration of the course you will earn a total of 180 credits. 120 of these credits will come from modules taken in Terms 1 and 2. Conversion students are expected to take the General Philosophy Module (15 credits) in Term 1. All students are expected to take Research Preparation Seminar in Terms 1 and 2 (30 credits). The remaining 60 of these credits will come from a dissertation of around 12,000 words, which you will complete over the Summer at the end of the course. If you satisfactorily complete the course before the dissertation, you can exit the course without completing a dissertation and we will award you a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy on the basis of your 120 credits.
You will earn your initial 120 credits through your choice of optional modules. You will take most of these in your first or second semester, and they are each worth 15 credits.
You will have a completely free choice of modules, although you should note that some modules are likely to be more accessible to students without a philosophical background, while others, particularly the more specialised ‘topics’-based modules, might appeal more to those who do already have a grounding in the field.
Optional modules are mostly taught through two hours of lectures and seminars every week. If you gain permission, you may take up to 30 credits from modules outside the Department of Philosophy. You will complete the course in one year, from September to September. You should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.
We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
If you are a full-time student, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. You should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.
If you are a part-time student, you will complete your course in two years, and you are required to gain 40 to 80 credits (but normally 60 or 80) in your first year, and then 100 to 140 (but normally 100 to 120, including 60 from the dissertation) in your second. If you take General Philosophy, you must take it in your first year. You should ensure that you are available to attend seminars at least two days a week.