The programme consists of one 10,000 word Dissertation and 8 modules taken for credit.
Credits for Dissertation = 60
Total credits for courses = 120
Total credits = 180
The Dissertation component is mandatory, as are the two Philosophy Research Preparation Seminars PHILGA11 and PHILGA12. Conversion students must also take the two General Philosophy courses for conversion students (PHILGA09 General Philosophy 1: Ethics & Political Philosophy & PHILGA10 General Philosophy 2: Knowledge & Reality).
Students take four 15-credit courses. These are: the MA Research Preparation Seminar, and three other MA courses coded PHILGA…
Conversions students must take the following TWO General Philosophy courses:
- PHILGA09 General Philosophy: Moral & Political Philosophy (UCL MA students only)
- PHILGA10 General Philosophy: Knowledge & Reality (UCL MA students only)
All MA students must take the Philosophy Research Preparation Seminar, which introduces students to graduate study in Philosophy and provides a forum for philosophical discussion. (This course is restricted to UCL MA Philosophy students.)
Students take four 15-credit courses. They must take the Philosophy Research Preparation Seminar, and three other MA courses coded PHILGA…
In either the first term or the second term, students may take one 15-credit course from another department, with the approval of the MA Tutor (a maximum of one course in the whole year). (With the approval of the MA Tutor, Philosophy courses in the School of Public Policy/Department of Political Science will not be counted as courses in another department.)
Any modules assessed by unseen examination will have the exam in this term.
Students will work on their Dissertations, under supervision from their Dissertation tutor. The summer term allocation is for three supervisions; these usually run as follows:
- Plan and suggested readings
- Discuss drafted written work
- Further revisions to drafted work
Some supervisors may give feedback on a penultimate draft in the summer vacation.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), optional modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
- Philosophy Politics and Economics of Health
- Health Policy and Reform
- Cost-benefit Analysis and Health
Optional Modules can include:
- Global Justice and Health
- Translational Clinical Science
- Contemporary Political Philosophy I and II
- Global Health and Development
- Comparative Human Rights Law
- Public Ethics
- Introduction to Philosophy of Science
- Ideas of Health and Sickness in Industrial Society
- Science, Governance and the Public
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words. They are assigned a supervisor for the summer term when they undertake this project.
Click here for the moodle site with the MA Philosophy course handbook (UCL log-in required).
The supervision list will be posted online at the end of the Easter break 2015.
Two copies of your MA dissertation are due in the Departmental Office by 4pm on Tuesday 1 September 2015.
You also need to submit this on the Moodle site by this deadline.
Dissertations should be handed in as follows:
- Two copies, not in folder or cover, but with the pages of each copy well secured (e.g. stapled or bound) and including the Cover Sheet below
- Download Cover Sheet (Word doc)The module code for the dissertation is PHILGA99
- On the front page please put the total number of words (Maximum 12,000: including footnotes, excluding bibliography / referencing)
- Your dissertation should have a clear bibliography at the end listing all works you have referred to or quoted from.
- Do not include your name anywhere in the dissertation.
Important Note on 'Computer Failure'
Computer failure is not a sufficient reason to excuse late submissions. Candidates are advised to make back-up copies and store them away from the computer as well as, closer to the submission date, printing out draft copies. This is the responsibility of the candidate.
How do I connect to Eduroam (the UCL wireless network)?
You can connect to Eduroam using your UCL userid appended with '@ucl.ac.uk' (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) and your UCL account password.
What will my timetable be?
Full MA module timetable information is available on the department website via the UCL common timetable system.
How do I confirm the modules I want to take?
Module confirmation is completed via Portico - please read the registration guide.
How do I change a module I have previously confirmed I want to take?
It is not possible for you to change modules once they have been confirmed. If you need to please email Richard Edwards with an explanation.
Which modules are compulsory?
The two Philosophy Research Preparation Seminars PHILGA11 and PHILGA12 are mandatory. Conversion students must also take the two General Philosophy courses for conversion students. All students must take 8 modules in total, including the above, and complete the dissertation component.
What is the different between a 'Graduate Studies' course and a 'Research Seminar'?
The emphasis in a Graduate Studies course is on giving students an intensive grounding in a specific area of philosophy, such as philosophy of language, or normative ethics.This will typically involve a syllabus of pedagogically important articles or book chapters.
A Research Seminar on the other hand is explicitly focused on the current research interests of the module tutor, and will typically involve presentation of the tutor’s own research.
Can I take undergraduate level courses?
You can only take courses with a code beginning 'PHILGA...'. However, many of these modules are also shared with MPhil and/or undergradaute students, often resulting in larger classes and a different seminar dynamic. Information about which modules are shared, and with whom, is available on the course list.
Can I take modules 'outside' the Department?
In either the first term or the second term, students may take one 15-credit course from another department, with the approval of the MA tutor (a maximum of one course in the whole year).
With the approval of the MA tutor, philosophy courses in the School of Public Policy/Department of Political Science will not count as courses in another department.
RESULTS & ASSESSMENT
When and how do I get my results?
Provisional essay results are released on Moodle - an email will be sent when available. These are provisional until the Board of Examiners has met, by which time marks will have been moderated by a second examiner and confirmed by the external examiner. The board of examiners meeting is usually mid October.
What is the maximum word length for assessed essays?
The maximum is 4500 words, not inclusive of references and bibliography. Assessed work more than 10% longer than this will not be accepted for submission (i.e. it will not be date-stamped or otherwise recorded as formally submitted), but immediately returned to the student with instructions to reduce the word length.The work may then be resubmitted, except insofar as penalties for late submission may apply.
If submitted work is subsequently found to have an inaccurately stated word count, and to exceed the upper word limit by at least 10% and by less than 20%, the mark will be reduced by ten percentage marks, subject to a minimum mark of a minimum pass assuming that the work merited a pass.
For work which exceeds the upper word limit by 20% or more, a mark of zero will be recorded.
What are the coursework deadlines and penalties for late submission?
Essays for first term modules have to be submitted by 4pm on the first day of the second term (moodle and hard copy). Essays for second term modules have to be submitted by 4pm on the the first working day of the third term. Strict penalties are applied when an essay is submitted late. These are normally waived only for medical reasons, provided that documentary evidence is submitted.
Where can I find information about the MA Philosophy dissertation?
Please see the dissertation information here.
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