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PRHS5600M Philosophy of Religion and Ethics Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Natasha McKeever

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

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

PRHS5601MPhilosophy of Religion and Ethics Extended Dissertation

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

With the support of a supervisor, students will write a dissertation of 12-15,000 words on a theme of their choosing. The dissertation theme will require the approval of the Programme Leader.


The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to pursue in depth a topic within the field of Philosophy of Religion and/or Ethics, chosen by then in consultation with the supervisor, and to engage in independent but supported research.

Learning outcomes
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 Philosophy of Religion and/or Ethics;
• Show a good grasp of the chosen topic and relevant important literature;
• Display the ability to formulate a rigorous and independent extended argument.

Skills outcomes
The module will develop skills in independent research in Philosophy of Religion and/or Ethics. Some skills will depend upon the student’s choice of topic.


The syllabus will vary with the topic of the dissertation, and be decided in consultation with the supervisor.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours594.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Rough estimates would be:
Reading and independent research: 500 hours
Dissertation drafting: 94 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular meetings with the supervisor. Also meetings with the personal tutor. Students will be encouraged to submit a draft of the dissertation not later than two months in advance of final submission, on which detailed feedback will be given.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation12,000 - 15,000 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: 13/10/2023


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