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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST3500 History Dissertation

40 creditsClass Size: 350

Module manager: Dr AD Wright

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is not approved as an Elective


- To develop research skills and the use of primary sources through supervised research.
- To continue the development of written skills through the presentation of an extended piece of writing.

Skills outcomes
Helps develop the following skills to advanced levels:

- Defining a complex problem.
- Locating and handling appropriate primary source material.
- Self-discipline to work alone on a major self-directed project
- Interpretation and analysis of complex documentary-based material.
- Researching a topic using methods appropriate to the discipline and subject matter, and
- Presenting findings in an extended written report conforming to academic norms.


Students will write a dissertation of between 10,000 and 12,000 words based on primary source material (both printed and manuscript).

The dissertation can be written on a topic of the student's choice provided that there is a member of staff, normally from the School History, who is able to offer expert supervision.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours394.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

- Bibliographic research;
- reading and research in primary and secondary source materials in libraries and archives;
- preparation and writing-up of findings;
= 394 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

One to one meetings with supervisor; production of a dissertation long abstract at the half-way point; submission of a draft material from the assignment.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation1 x 10,000-12,000 word assessed dissertation to be submitted by 12 noon on the Monday of teaching week 10, in the second semester.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/06/2010


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