Essay on an Approved Subject in Philosophy

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Marie Milofsky


This course is available on the BSc in Philosophy and Economics, BSc in Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and BSc in Politics and Philosophy. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

Course content

The essay may be on any topic falling within the scope of the philosophy courses for Philosophy.

Selection of topic

Candidates should have the subject of their essay approved by their tutor.

Arrangements for supervision

The essay should reflect the candidate's own views but must develop out of some established part of the philosophical literature. Students should carefully discuss the topic and approach of the essay with their tutor who will also advise on background reading. Students may ask a member of the Department other than their tutor to supervise the essay if this is more appropriate. Students must have regular meetings with their supervisor and keep a formal record of their work and progress.


1 hour of seminars in the MT. 20 hours of seminars in the LT.


Essay (100%, 7000 words) in the ST.

Essays must be submitted by 5pm May 29th. They should be 5,000-7,000 words, and should be typewritten.

Student performance results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

Classification % of students
First 57.6
2:1 37.3
2:2 3.4
Third 1.7
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Philosophy

Total students 2012/13: 26

Average class size 2012/13: 13

Value: One Unit

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