Open University

Open University

The Philosophy Dissertation (A857)

The dissertation (16000-18000 words) is the culmination of the MA in Philosophy and tests ability to present a sustained academic argument in clear, logical prose; within the rules of the MA, students have considerable freedom in the choice of topic; they are not expected to make an original contribution to scholarly knowledge, but must demonstrate a reasonable grasp of work done in the subject area, with a thorough survey of relevant literature; the tutor helps to decide on the focus of the dissertation, approves the research proposal and comments on draft sections of the work through the course.

Entry requirements

Students must have a pass in the postgraduate foundation course in philosophy, and either a pass in the philosophy subject course, a pass in 1 other subject course from the MA humanities programme, or an appropriate award of transferred credit.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Credits from The Open University Distance learning February 2017 - 9 months

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