Dissertation Seminar - Philosophy and Public Policy

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Susanne Burri


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Aim: This course is intended to develop the ability to write a structured philosophical essay and serves to prepare students in the MSc Philosophy and Public Policy for dissertation writing.


10 hours of seminars in the MT. 20 hours of seminars in the LT.

The course starts with a five hour module on argumentative writing in philosophy (weeks 1-5).  This is followed by student presentations in which past MSc dissertations are scrutinized for strengths and weaknesses (weeks 6-10). During Lent Term, students are required to present their MSc dissertations as work in progress. 


Formative coursework

Presentation of a past MSc dissertation

Presentation of own dissertation as work in progress

Optional draft of up to 6000 words due at the end of June  

Indicative reading



This course is not assessed.

Key facts

Department: Philosophy

Total students 2016/17: 27

Average class size 2016/17: 13

Controlled access 2016/17: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

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