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HIS8023 : Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Willow Berridge
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0
European Credit Transfer System


The research and writing of a 14,000 word piece of scholarship on a subject determined between the student and his or her supervisor.

The module aims to enable students to:
1) Build on the research skills and knowledge acquired during the taught elements of the programme.
2) Undertake sustained and original research at an advanced level.
3) Be capable of analysing and interpreting a large body of original documents.
4) Become adept in the established protocols for presenting scholarly theses.
5) Pursue independent research and prepare them for doctoral work.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will select a topic related to the taught elements, which shall then be agreed in consultation with the Module Leader(s)of HIS8023 and of HIS8098 (Research Skills and Dissertation Training) and potential supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1295:00295:00guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1148:00148:00guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1147:00147:00guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Tutorials provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion of issues that arise out of the need to
Select an original research topic.
Raise appropriate historical questions.
Identify relevant secondary literature and appropriate primary materials.

Tutors are thus able to provide support and supervision during the design, planning and execution of the thesis.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3A10014,000 words to be submitted by the last Friday of the Academic year
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation will enable students to:
Practice their research skills.
Demonstrate advanced and in-depth knowledge and understanding.
Apply the subject specific skills they have gained.
Illustrate their familiarity with historical theories in methods.
Provide evidence of their competence in handling source materials.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

This module cannot be made available to exchange students under any circumstances. This applies to Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students equally.

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