Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Philosophy Research Methods PHIL5024

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This will prepare students for general research and employability


Three one -hour sessions per week

Requirements of Entry

Available to students who meet the entry requirements for Philosophy specialist postgraduate study


Oral presentation in both semesters 30%

Essay based on presentation in both semesters 30%

Sem 1 only book review 15% & reflective bibliography 5%

Sem 2 only critical report 15% & dissertation plan 5%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to

To develop skills in listening comprehension in philosophy

plan and organise research

Develop skills relating to employability 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to:

make an accurate and informative summary of an oral presentation in philosophy that includes the students own critical commentary

give a formal presentation of there own research material

produce a viable and informative research plan for a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words including a bibliography.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits