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HPSC5910M History and Philosophy of Science: Extended Dissertation

90 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Gregory Radick

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

HPSC5140MHPSC Dissertation

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

Produce an independent and critical piece of work on a selected topic within the field of history and philosophy of science. The student should show a good grasp of the chosen field and relevant important literature, and display the ability to formulate a rigorous and independent extended argument.

Learning outcomes
Detailed and critical understanding of the relevant field, depending on the topic of the dissertation.

Skills outcomes
The module will develop skills in independent research. Some skills will depend upon the student’s choice of topic.


To be developed in consultation with the supervisor.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours891.00
Total Contact hours9.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)900.00

Private study

Up to 500 hours gathering and reading resources, note-taking and thinking
Up to 400 hours drafting & re-drafting for dissertation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Occasional informal conversation and email correspondence

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation1 x dissertation 18,000-20,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 21/08/2023


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