Postgraduate taught 

Philosophy of Mind & Psychology MSc

Philosophy Research Methods A PHIL5094

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting 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

Excluded Courses





Oral Presentation 30%

Essay 30%

Book Review 30%

Reflective Bibliography 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 student's own critical commentary

■ Give a formal presentation of their own research material

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

■ Write a book review in accordance with professional philosophical norms

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.