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Philosophy Research Methods B PHIL5095

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This will prepare student for general research and employability


One hour lecture per week x 10 weeks

One hour PG seminar per week x 8 weeks

One two-hour workshop on critically evaluating arguments x 1 week

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level and students who meet the entry requirements for Philosophy specialist postgraduate study.

Excluded Courses





Oral Presentation 30%

Essay 30%

Critical Report 30%

Dissertation Plan 10%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Develop skills in the methodology of post-graduate and professional-level philosophy.

■ Develop skills in planning and organising independent research

■ Develop skills relating to employability

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will 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 their own research material

■ Produce a dissertation proposal, which includes a statement of the argument in propositionally valid form and anticipated engagement with the premises.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.