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Your first few weeks

1. Departmental Registration

The Philosophy Programmes Officer will be available in office S2.66 every day (Mon-Fri) if you have any questions or queries.

2. Where do I collect my university/student card from?

You will be able to collect your card after you have submitted your photograph online and completed online enrolment. Click here for details of when and where to collect your University card. For students starting at other times during the year: once you have enrolled and submitted your photo online, your card will be available from the Student Reception (ground floor of Senate House, next to Warwick Arts Centre). The Student Reception is open from 08:00 - 20:00 Monday to Friday and from 10:00 - 18:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays (longer opening hours operate during the first few weeks of the new academic year). You will need to bring proof of identification and your certificate of enrolment when you collect your card.

3. The Philosophy Department office and staff members

The Philosophy Graduate Office is located within the general Departmental Office in Room S2.66. Other support staff details can be found here

4. Postgraduate Common Room

The postgraduate common room (S2.40) is for your use. There is a door code and the code will be emailed out to you. Please do not share this with anyone else from outside of the department as it is for the exclusive use of Philosophy students only.

5. Personal Tutors

Personal Tutors will be allocated to students on the MA programmes when you register with the Department and will your personal tutor will be available on your Tabula personal student profile. You should meet with your personal tutor at least once during the first three weeks of the first term of the academic year and at least once during the first five weeks of the start of the spring term. If your Personal Tutor is unable to answer a query about your programme of study, please contact the course convenor of your programme of study

6. Communication with the Department

  • Noticeboards for postgraduate students are on in the foyer along from the Departmental Office. Please check the noticeboards regularly during term-time as essential notices from Philosophy Office staff and module tutors are often posted there.
  • Pigeonholes for Philosophy postgraduate students and most module/personal tutors are in the foyer directly on your left as you enter the Philosophy Department from the cafe stairs. Like the noticeboards, the pigeonholes will often contain time-sensitive information and should be checked regularly during term-time.
  • Office Hours are held (normally 2 hours per week during term-time for module convenors and personal tutors) by all teaching staff and are an excellent opportunity to speak one-on-one with your tutors, ask questions and get feedback. You do not need an appointment to drop in to see a tutor during office hours. Office hours for the year are normally posted on tutors' doors and also online.
  • The Department uses your Warwick email account (account ending that you are given at registration) to communicate with you. It is therefore vital that you read messages sent to this account, otherwise you will miss essential registration, essay and examination deadlines if you do not, and this may adversely affect your degree results.

7. Modules and timetables

All Students will need to register their module options, usually by the end of week 3, Term 1. Once you have registered, you will be able to generate your personal teaching timetable and where appropriate sign up for Term 1 seminar slots on Tabula. More information on how to use the university's eMR system can be found in the student user guide. However, if you wish to attend several modules to help you decide which options you will follow, please register for all of these modules on the system then inform the Postgraduate Programmes Officer by the end of Week 3 of the modules you wish to drop.

All full-time First Year MPhil in Philosophy and full-time First Year Research students are expected to audit one MA module each term. MA students will follow the required number of modules for their course. Further details of the MA modules running in 2018/19 can be found on the module webpages

8. Programmes of study - specific information

MPhil in Philosophy (2+2) students:

It would be helpful to have a provisional statement from First Year MPhil students of which options you would like to take in which term over your first year so that an appropriate supervisor can be arranged – who may also wish to send specific preparatory work to do over the summer. If you have not already done so please e-mail this statement as soon as possible to Naomi Eilan, Convenor of the MPhil in Philosophy.

9. How do I submit assesments?

The Department uses the tabula online system for submitting essays. Tabula is an easy to use, on-line administration system designed to support the administration of teaching and learning in academic departments. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with Tabula and how to use the system. More information is here

10. What are the deadlines for submitting essays?

MA students - you will submit six essays (5,000 words if taking a 20 CAT module and 7,500 words if taking a 30 CAT module) plus a 10,000 word dissertation (please note for those taking Philosophy and the Arts, there is the option to submit four essays and the 10,000 word dissertation or six essays and no dissertation). MA deadline information can be found here (you must be enrolled with the university to view this page).

MPhil students - MPhil students, so submit three essays in year 1 and three essays in year 2, followed by a 30,000 word thesis in July of the second year. MPhil deadline information can be found here (you must be enrolled with the university to view this page).

11. Plagarism and cheating

Your attention is drawn to Regulation 11 concerning cheating in University tests, which is posted in the Department. In assessed work candidates must avoid plagiarism: either copying passages of other people’s material without quotation marks or acknowledgement, or paraphrasing their ideas or arguments without acknowledgement. The penalties for plagiarism are severe. When you wish to use other people’s wording, use quotation marks or another typographical device and cite the source(s). Details of the sources cited or discussed should be indicated in the list of references or bibliography at the end of your essay or dissertation.

12. Student Engagement:

The Staff/Student Liaison Committees (SSLCs) offer essential channels of communication between students and staff. The purpose of the SSLC is to consider any general matters of concern raised by students, and also issues on which the Departmental staff seek student opinion. Students elected as representatives attend the SSLC meetings and departmental committee meetings, to present and represent student views.

The Departmental Graduate Seminar usually takes place fortnightly on Wednesdays between 4:00 and 5:30pm. The seminar provides an opportunity for all Warwick Philosophy graduate students (and occasionally students from other universities) to present work for feedback from a general philosophy audience. All PhD, MPhil and MA students are strongly encouraged to attend. Faculty members and visiting students are also very welcome.

13. Research Activities in the Department

Please also note that there are various Research Activites and Seminar Series sponsored by the Department and its research centres, with talks regularly scheduled on a variety of topics that will be of interest to your studies (usually on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and Wednesdays at 4:00 pm). We would strongly encourage you to attend as many of these as you are able to in order to fully participate in the breadth of research activity and philosophical discussions that the Department has to offer.

The Department hosts approximately two or three Departmental Colloquium per term on a Wednesday afternoon at 4pm. All research students in particular are expected to attend these events but all postgraduate students are very welcome.

There are also a number of reading and discussion groups that meet regularly during term time which are open to philosophy graduate students.

14. Study areas and facilities

Research Students are able to apply for office space in the department (please note spaces are limited and not guaranteed). More information here

Research students are eligible to use departmental photocopying and printing facilities for purposes related to their PGR studies only. Any use of the facilities for personal/other reasons will be on an honesty basis at a cost of 4 pence per sheet of paper printed or copied. Those students eligible to use these facilities will be notified of the appropriate codes required to use the photocopier and printer in their induction information.

15. Conference Funding

The Department has made available limited funds to research students (PhD students and MPhil students who have upgraded) who wish to request conference expenses should it be felt that attending or presenting a paper at such an event would be beneficial to their work. This is a competitive scheme and full details can be found here

16. Library Training

The Library website has an online web tutorial outlining Library research methods which you may find useful in the first few weeks.

17. Language Classes

The University’s Language Centre is located in the Humanities Building, and offers a wide range of courses at every level. Full details are available on the webpage.

Research students who feel that they will need language school support to complete their studies should discuss registering on language classes with their supervisor in the first instance.

18. How do I apply for accommodation?

Please see the accommodation website for more information. Alternatively you can contact them by ringing +44 (0) 24 7652 3772 or by emailing