Teaching and Assessment

Teaching Methods

In Part I teaching is by lectures (2 one hour lectures per week) plus a 1 hour seminar per week focused on specific readings or tasks related to the lecture topics of that week.

At Part II, most philosophy modules involve a one and a half hour lecture and a one hour seminar of up to 15 students per week. The seminars are discussion based and generally focused on examining the lecture material and a specific text in detail. Most lecturers put their lectures and/or material relevant to their lectures on the MOODLE module web pages.

Special subjects involve a weekly two hour seminar and no lecture. Dissertations involve students in independent research with regular supervision meetings.


Assessment in Part I Philosophy is by coursework (45% of overall mark), exam (45%), and seminar participation (10%). Other Part I modules use different assessments.

Assessment in Part II varies from module to module. Many modules use a combination of an essay or essays (typically 40% of overall mark) and an exam (typically 60%). Some are assessed solely by longer essay or dissertation. Some are assessed partly by seminar participation, seminar presentation, or group work. The individual module descriptions provide details.