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History Dissertation - HIS00048H

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  • Department: History
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sophie Weeks
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

This module gives students the chance to work as active and independent scholars, rather than responding to the requirements of a taught module. Having designed their own research project during their second year, and researched the primary materials needed during the summer between their second and third years, they now organise and reflect on the material they have gathered, plan the structure of their arguments and interpretations, draft a chapter and outline to submit for feedback, and then write and submit their 10,000-word dissertation. This work will spread across the whole academic year. Full details about the various stages of the process, the tasks to be completed, and the relevant deadlines, are provided on the Dissertation VLE. This guidance also provides much advice and information to help and support students as they work on their dissertations.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To enable students to undertake an independently chosen, designed and managed project;
  • To provide the opportunity to work extensively with original historical material;
  • To allow students to explore a chosen aspect of the past at length; and
  • To engage with opinions and debates around a specific topic using original research.

Module learning outcomes

Students who complete this module successfully will:

  • Have gained experience of designing and managing a large scale project to completion;
  • Have gained experience of exploring and explaining a specific research topic at length;
  • Have acquired skills and understanding from extended research into original material; and
  • Have learned to situate their specific research results among the debates and views of others.

Module content

Teaching Programme:
Students are undertaking an independently researched project and 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 a meeting with their advisor in the autumn term at which they will discuss the progress of their research and confirm plans to develop an interpretation or argument about their research question as they reflect on the evidence and ideas which they have acquired form primary research and secondary reading. Students have the opportunity to write a draft chapter and thesis outline for submission to their advisor at the start of the Spring Term. They will have a meeting with their advisor later that term at which they will receive feedback and advice which will help them towards the completion of the whole dissertation.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Students have the opportunity to submit up to 3,000 words of draft dissertation work for feedback in week 2 of the spring term. A 10,000-word dissertation written and presented according to our requirements and conventions (set out on the Dissertation VLE) is then to be submitted in week 1 of the summer term.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive written feedback from the Monday of week 8 of the summer term, after which their dissertation supervisor will be available during student hours for follow-up guidance if necessary. For more information, see the Statement of Assessment.

Indicative reading

There are no key texts for this module.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.