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Students are assessed on the taught coursework through a series of continuous assessments, including essays, reflective pieces of writing and presentations.

Having achieved a pass mark (40%) in all the required module assessments, students may proceed to writing a dissertation. It is also necessary to obtain a pass mark in the dissertation to successfully complete the MPhil programme.

Students who achieve a mark of at least 70% in the dissertation and a mark of at least 70% in the overall final aggregated average mark for the course may qualify for the award of Masters with Distinction. A distinction cannot be awarded if a student has failed any credit during the course.

Students who are unable to proceed to the dissertation or who fail to achieve a satisfactory mark for the dissertation element may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy which is available only as an exit award from the MPhil course.