Dissertation module (PI40007)

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Module code


  • Level 4
  • Semester 2
  • Single Honours Philosophy and Single Honours European Philosophy core module
  • Philosophy - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%


The content of this module depends on your choice of topic. You will write a dissertation on it under the supervision of a Philosophy member of staff.

The aims are:

  • To deepen your understanding of a theme of your choosing within contemporary philosophy.
  • To increase your understanding of the history of philosophy, by exploring the development of philosophical themes within that history.
  • To give you an awareness of the very latest work in your chosen area of philosophy.
  • To improve your capacity to read works in philosophy in the context of your wider education, particularly philosophical education.
  • To investigate the potential of concepts and arguments drawn from philosophy for other theoretical work.
  • To liberate you to ask yourself the deepest questions raised in ethics.


Dr Dominic Smith

Teaching staff

Supervisors from the Philosophy team are as follows:

Dr Ashley WoodwardDr Dominic SmithDr Tina RockDr Oisin Keohane


One-to-one tuition and programmed individual study with a designated Supervisor.


Your dissertation, around 10,000 words, is the only assessed component for this module.


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Intended learning outcomes

After completing your dissertation: 

  • you will have developed a deeper understanding of the relation of your chosen area to the rest of contemporary philosophy.
  • you will have developed a deeper understanding of, and better feel for, the history of philosophy, by seeing the place of your chosen area within that history.
  • you will become au fait with the actualities of recent work in your chosen area.
  • you will have improved your capacity for concentrating on a set text in your chosen area, and deploying what it says to pursue your own agendas of argument.
  • you will be aware of the rich potential of ideas from your chosen area for cross-fertilisation with other areas of inquiry.
  • you will have been encouraged to become a more reflective person, and will have extended your communication skills.