Research Dissertation

ConvenorMiles Taylor

Module type: MA Core

Module code: HIS00087M

This module gives students the chance to work at an advanced level as independent scholars. Most taught modules are assessed by essays that require independent research. The research dissertation (independent study module) develops these skills further, and applies practices introduced by the skills module. It is the culmination of the MA, and is heavily weighted in terms of assessment.

Typically, students discuss a preliminary idea with their MA convener in the Autumn Term and conduct pilot secondary literature search to scope the project. At the end of the Spring Term they submit a 500-word dissertation proposal. Substantive work on the dissertation commences once the taught programme has been completed, supported by a dissertation adviser allocated by the department. This will normally involve a period of advanced ‘secondary’ research leading to a literature survey, and ‘primary’ research using documents and leading to the writing of specialist chapters, or sections. The finished dissertation has a maximum word limit of 20,000 words, and uses standard academic conventions

Students are undertaking an independently researched project, not a taught module. They will continue, however, to have support, advice, and feedback from their dissertation advisor as they work to produce their dissertation. They will have meetings with their advisor in the Summer Term and Summer Vacation to discuss the feasibility of the project, and to provide feedback on a draft chapter. Students will also attend the graduate workshop at which they will present on their dissertation.


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