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Programme structure: Philosophy and History of Science (MA) - what's running in 2020/21

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Dissertation PHILM0001 60 Mandatory AYEAR
Scientific Epistemology and Methodology PHILM0004 20 Mandatory TB-2
Philosophical Writing and Research Seminar PHILM0025 20 Mandatory TB-1
History of Science PHILM0007 20 Mandatory TB-2
60 credit points from the following:
Philosophy of Physics PHILM0005 20 Optional TB-1
Philosophy of Biology PHILM0006 20 Optional TB-1
Philosophy and History of Mathematics PHILM0016 20 Optional TB-2
Philosophy of Psychology PHILM0020 20 Optional TB-2
Project PHILM0008 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
The Philosophy and History of Medicine PHILM0022 20 Optional TB-1
Philosophy of Probability PHILM0028 20 Optional TB-1
Advanced Philosophy of Physics PHILM0029 20 Optional TB-2
Personal Option Unit AFACM0007 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Supervised Individual Study AFACM0008 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
MA Philosophy and History of Science   180      

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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