Honours Homepage

The University chapelThe Philosophy Honours programme is a two-year programme of studies, comprising the Junior Honours and Senior Honours years, and is part of our four-year MA (Honours) degree. Junior and Senior Honours have separate curricula, and the final exam for each course takes place at the end of the second semester ('split finals'). Each course last one term and is worth 20 credits. Single Honours students take six per year (120 credits), three per term; Joint Honours students take three per year (60 credits), distributed as convenient. Each JH module is assessed by an essay (30%) and final exam (70%); SH assessment patterns vary from course to course. Fortnightly tutorials in groups of around six are held for Junior Honours modules; Senior Honours modules have larger group seminars. The dissertation is a fourth-year module that is compulsory for single honours students and for joint honours students not doing a dissertation in their other subject.

Honours students have the option to spend their third year studying abroad. See the Study Philosophy Abroad section for more information.

Prospective Honours students might wish to consult the Honours courses overview page for a more detailed description of the courses on offer.

Details of the application procedure are available here.

For more information, contact the Junior Honours Convenor, Dr Chris Lindsay.

Essential honours information

You will find here:
- the most important dates and deadlines
- a who’s who for honours administrative roles

More essential information is available in the Honours Handbook - you should read this carefully.

Further announcements will be made on Moodle through the JH noticeboard (key: junior) and SH noticeboard (key: senior), and by e-mail to your University address. It is vital that you check your University e-mail account frequently, and that you sign up for the relevant Moodle pages, otherwise you may miss important information.

Dates and Deadlines

 Semester 1     
   Junior Honours enrolment: 19 September 2019, 11 am. Venue tba.
   Senior Honours enrolment:  19 September 2018, 12 noon. Venue tba.
   Week 1 (teaching starts):  23 September 2019
   Junior Honours reading party:  29 October - 31 October 2019 (tbc)
   First SH assessment deadline:  tba
  -- Marks returned:  tba
  JH essay deadline /
Second SH assessment deadline:
 tba
  -- Marks returned:  tba
  Third SH assessment deadline:  tba
  -- Marks returned:  tba
   Teaching finishes:  6 December 2019
   Dissertation deadline:  20 December 2019
  Semester 2      
   Week 1 (teaching starts):  13 January 2020
   Check MyCampus accuracy:   by end of Week 3 (31 January 2020) or risk exam clashes
   Senior Honours reading party:  18-20 February 2020 (tbc)
   First SH assessment deadline:  tba
   -- Marks returned:  tba
  JH essay deadline /
Second SH assessment deadline:
 tba
   -- Marks returned:  tba
  Third SH assessment deadline:  tba
   -- Marks returned:  tba
   Teaching finishes:  27 March 2020
   Dissertation deadline:  27 March 2020
   Exam diet:   late April to late May 2020 (tba)
   Dissertation proposal deadline:  tba

Honours Who's Who

Staff contact details are available on the Staff Page.

  • Head of Philosophy: Dr Ben Colburn
  • Director of Teaching: Dr Chris Lindsay
  • Honours Convenors: Dr Chris Lindsay (JH) and Dr David Bain (SH semester 1) & Dr Adam Rieger (SH semester 2)
  • Dissertation Convenor: Dr Gary Kemp
  • Study Abroad Convenor: Dr Gary Kemp
  • Honours Exams Convenor: Dr Stephan Leuenberger

Other Important Sources of Information