Philosophy (Including Placement Year)

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Academic Year of Entry: 2024/25
Course overview
(Integrated Master in Philosophy:) Integrated Master in Philosophy
Philosophy (Including Placement Year)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Masters
Full-time
Philosophy
MPHIVA98
08/05/2024

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Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

  • A-levels: ABB - BBB or 128 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A-levels.
  • BTEC: DDM or 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of the equivalent of 2 full A-levels. The acceptability of BTECs is dependent on subject studied and optional units taken - email ugquery@essex.ac.uk for advice.
  • Combined qualifications on the UCAS tariff: 128 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A levels or equivalent. Tariff point offers may be made if you are taking a qualification, or mixture of qualifications, from the list on our undergraduate application information page.
  • IB: 32 - 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 655-555.
  • IB Career-related Programme: We consider combinations of IB Diploma Programme courses with BTECs or other qualifications. Advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • QAA-approved Access to HE Diploma: 15 level 3 credits at Distinction and 30 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • T-levels: We consider T-levels on a case-by-case basis, depending on subject studied. The offer for most courses is Distinction overall. Depending on the course applied for there may be additional requirements, which may include a specific grade in the Core.

Contextual Offers:

We are committed to ensuring that all students with the merit and potential to benefit from an Essex education are supported to do so. For October 2024 entry, if you are a home fee paying student residing in the UK you may be eligible for a Contextual Offer of up to two A-level grades, or equivalent, below our standard conditional offer.
Factors we consider:

  • Applicants from underrepresented groups
  • Applicants progressing from University of Essex Schools Membership schools/colleges
  • Applicants who attend a compulsory admissions interview
  • Applicants who attend an Offer Holder Day at our Colchester or Southend campus

Our contextual offers policy outlines additional circumstances and eligibility criteria.

For further information about what a contextual offer may look like for your specific qualification profile, email ugquery@essex.ac.uk.

If you haven't got the grades you hoped for, have a non-traditional academic background, are a mature student, or have any questions about eligibility for your course, more information can be found on our undergraduate application information page. or get in touch with our Undergraduate Admissions Team.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall, or specified score in another equivalent test that we accept.

Details of English language requirements, including component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

If we accept the English component of an international qualification it will be included in the academic levels listed above for the relevant countries.

English language shelf-life

Most English language qualifications have a validity period of 5 years. The validity period of Pearson Test of English, TOEFL and CBSE or CISCE English is 2 years.

If you require a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Pre-sessional English courses

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Pending English language qualifications

You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

If you cannot find the qualification that you have achieved or are pending, then please email ugquery@essex.ac.uk .

Requirements for second and final year entry

Different requirements apply for second and final year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK. Details of English language requirements, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College

Course qualifiers

A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).

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Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

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External examiners

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Dr Josiah Saunders

Associate Professor

Durham University

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2024 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  PY111-4-FY-CO  Introduction to Philosophy  Compulsory  30  30 
02    Humanities option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
03    PY113-4-FY or outside option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
04    PY114-4-FY or outside option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
05  CS107-4-SP-CO  Beyond the BA: Skills for the Next Step  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  PY400-5-SP-CO  Rationalists and Empiricists  Compulsory  15  15 
02  PY408-5-AU-CO  Ethics  Compulsory  15  15 
03  PY434-5-SU-CO  Texts in Practical Philosophy  Compulsory  15  15 
04  PY436-5-SU-CO  Reading texts from the history of philosophy  Compulsory  15  15 
05    Philosophy option(s) from list or outside option(s)  Optional  30  30 
06    Philosophy option from list  Optional  15  15 
07    CS200-5-AU or (CS207-5-AU and Philosophy option)  Optional  15  15 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2026/27

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  CS703-6-FY-CO  Placement Year  Compulsory  120  120 

Year 3 - 2027/28

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01    Philosophy option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
02  PY455-6-SU-CO  PY455-6-SU - CAPSTONE  Compulsory  30  30 
03    Philosophy option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
04    CS307-6-AU and/or Philosophy option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 

Year 4 - 2028/29

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  PY980-7-SU-CO  Final Project: Draft Journal Article  Core  40  40 
02  PY951-7-AU-CO  MA Writing Workshop  Compulsory 
03    Philosophy option(s)  Optional  40  40 
04    Philosophy option(s)  Optional  40  40 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

  • To provide students with a broad grounding in philosophy and advanced research and writing skills at postgraduate level.
  • To offer the opportunity, for students who wish to do so, to study developments in critical social theory and/or phenomenology
  • To develop students capacities for independent thought and critical reflection.
  • To develop in students the research skills appropriate to the advanced study of philosophy, in particular through the writing of a draft journal article for their final project, thus providing them with the basis for further progression.


Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A101: Advanced knowledge of some of the principal thinkers and themes in European philosophy since Kant.

A102: Detailed knowledge of some of the principal methods employed by European philosophers since Kant (e.g., transcendental deduction, phenomenological description, genealogy, hermeneutics, moral constructivism, linguistic and conceptual analysis).

A103: Ability to engage critically with the main texts and the secondary literature pertaining to them.

A104: Ability to form and present original views on, and interpretations of, issues arising within the various currents of philosophy.

A105: To provide the opportunity to apply academic learning outcomes in a work-related context.

A106: To develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement.

Learning methods

A101-A104 are acquired through: teaching in lecture and class format; lecturers conveying module content in a general manner while allowing for, and encouraging, questions from students; classes generally focusing on specific textual, argumentative or practical examples, where emphasis is placed on student discussion.

The use of books and journal articles to convey module content.

The use of books, journal articles and internet resources to write coursework and prepare for examinations.
At UG level, teaching includes lectures, seminars and classes for further discussion and sometimes in-class assessment. Students are given the opportunity to ask and answer questions, voice theoretical concerns and raise additional issues.

At PG level, teaching takes the form of two-hour seminars. Students may be asked to give short non-assessed presentations, followed by discussions. This provides the opportunity for an informal assessment of their oral and argumentative skills.

Outcomes A101-A104 are also fostered by means of the School seminars, during which speakers – sometime world-known specialists – give presentations followed by open discussions.

A105 and A106 are acquired during the placement.

The School also organises the Essex Lectures in Philosophy, during which a specialist of international renown is asked to teach a series of classes on a specific topic.

Students also prepare a Capstone project and a Final Project on topics of their choice which are individually supervised.

Assessment methods

Outcomes A101-A104 are formally assessed by means of written coursework and unseen written examinations (first year only).

Coursework consists of essays written during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written feedback for the student. Coursework tests the ability to research a topic using, for example, library and internet resources, expound specified texts and enter into detailed argumentation with them.

Examinations consist of essay-based questions, for which revision classes are provided. Unseen exams test the ability to rehearse and assess arguments in relation to specific questions posed within a limited time frame.

Formal assessment is also carried out through the marking of the Capstone project and the Final Project.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B101: Ability to identify and evaluate complex arguments and to present one's own evaluation of them.

B102: Ability to identify and evaluate complex arguments and to present one's own evaluation of them.

B103: Ability to identify underlying issues in philosophical texts, debates and arguments, and to highlight deficiencies such as unquestioned assumptions, and superficial analogies and unsubstantiated claims.

B104: Ability to summarise complex and demanding texts, often written at historical distance, and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the views they propose.

B105: Ability to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and in commenting on complex information.

B106: Ability to plan and conduct (under the guidance of a supervisor) a piece of independent research, and to present it in a clear, coherent and argumentative manner.

Learning methods

Skills B101-B103 are developed in all modules by means of teaching, discussion and assigned oral presentations on topics chosen by the students.

These skills are also developed during the classes and seminar, where students receive feedback on their presentations and are strongly encouraged to partake in discussion.

Skills B104-B106 are developed through essay writing, including essay plans, and mostly through the exercise of selecting and pursuing a dissertation topic.

These skills are also fostered by supervisory sessions during the preparation of the draft journal article for the final project.

Assessment methods

Outcomes B101-B104 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

Coursework consists of essays written during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written feedback for the student.

Examinations consist of essay-based questions, for which revision classes are provided.

Skills B104-B106 are formally assessed through the marking of coursework and of the Capstone and the Final Project.

C: Practical skills

C101: Understanding of the relationship between individuals, groups and social institutions, and of social context, culture, social diversity and social change.

C102: Ability to abstract and synthesise relevant information from a range of sources, using books, journal articles, library and internet resources.

C103: Ability to select their own topic and structure a substantial piece of independent study (the Capstone and Final Projects).

Learning methods

Skills C101-C102 are gained by participation in class discussion, discussion with the lecturer during class and office hours, independent research for and writing of coursework and exam preparation.

Considerable autonomy is encouraged in researching essays, the staff member aiming to assist in the formulation of research questions and in developing a strategy for answering them.

All students are encouraged to attend the departmental seminars, and to participate in debate on the topic presented.

Skill C103, during the spring term students select their prospective Capstone topic and meet regularly with their chosen supervisor.

Additionally, there will be detailed guidelines on the writing of Capstone Projects and Final Projects in the School handbook to supplement guidance given by the supervisor.

Assessment methods

Outcomes C101-C102 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

Coursework consists of essays written during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written feedback for the student.

Examinations consist of essay-based questions, for which revision classes are provided.

Skill C103 is assessed by the Capstone and Final Projects.

D: Key skills

D101: Ability to write clearly and to communicate one's ideas to an audience.

D102: Use of relevant information technology to research and present written work (including searchable databases such as library catalogues, internet sources, the Philosopher's Index, etc.).

D103: Ability to identify the problem to be solved; to articulate critically the assumptions underlying or connected with the problem; to compare and contrast differing and often contradictory solutions to the problem; and to provide argument and evidence in defence of one's solution to the problem in the areas of philosophy and human rights

D104: Students should have become able to: -organise their work within deadlines; -select and organise their reading in relation to specific topics; -reflect on their own learning and performance and make constructive use of feedback; -learn independently.

D105: Students should have the ability to demonstrate an understanding of work roles through a placement.

Learning methods

Skills D101, D103 and D104: all modules require students to participate actively in discussion.

They also require students to work independently on essays as well as on their dissertation.

These have to be structured in an argumentative manner, and the arguments have to be supported by appropriate quotes or examples.

Students also learn to express their views concisely and clearly when discussing the topics of their choice with their lecturers, and during supervisory sessions for the structuring and writing of draft journal article for the final project

Skill D102 is developed by students themselves while they do the preparatory work for their essays and final project.

They are encouraged to use library searches and internet philosophy resources.

Skills D104 are developed by students during the course, by means of the research they do for the writing of their essays and final project.

Special emphasis is placed on feedback in the detailed comment sheets that accompany each marked essay.

Assessment methods

Outcomes D101, 102, 103 and 104 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.

Coursework consists of essays written during the academic year for a specified module, returned with a grade and written feedback for the student.

Examinations consist of essay-based questions, for which revision classes are provided.

Essays, Capstones and Final Projects are assessed for qualities that incorporate skills D101, D102, D103 and D104.


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