Dissertation in History

Key information

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FHEQ Level
Department of History

Module overview

This is a 10,000-word research piece (worth 90% of the mark) on a topic linked to the course chosen as a major.

The dissertation is normally written over the summer period, and is submitted in September. A detailed dissertation plan of 2,500 words (worth 10% of the mark) will also need to be submitted

The dissertation provides an opportunity for primary research in an area of direct interest to the student and it is normally expected that students make use of primary sources. The proximity to the School of many archive depositories and records offices, including its own archival collection as well as the British library, greatly enhances the potential for this type of dissertation work.

Objectives and learning outcomes

  • develop research skills in the field of history through the completion of a long assignment based on primary sources
  • refine writing and organisational skills through an independent study project
  • foster further understanding of the region and/or topic of specialisation
  • prepare students to undertake further postgraduate study

Methods of Assessment

  • One project proposal/plan of 1,500 words (10%)
  • One 10,000 word dissertation OR 30 minutes of audio-visual material or equivalent + 3,000-word written submission (90%)

Guidelines for preparation of Masters dissertations


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