Postgraduate taught 

Philosophy of Mind & Psychology MSc

Philosophy Research Methods C PHIL5096

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Research Methods course for postgraduates enrolled in the MSc in Philosophy of Mind and Psychology. Course will prepare students for general research and employability.


1 hour lectures per week x 5 weeks

1 hour seminar per week x 4 weeks

2 hour workshop on critically evaluating arguments x 1 week

Excluded Courses

Philosophy Research Methods B




Oral presentation: 40%

Essay based on presentation 40%

Dissertation plan 20%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Develop skills in listening comprehension in philosophy

■ Develop skills in planning and organizing 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.

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.