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HIS8106 : Independent Study Project in History

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alison Atkinson-Phillips
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


A 20-credit module for MA (History) students that is designed to allow deep analysis of a subject/topic chosen initially by the student and then in consultation with an appropriate supervisor.

The module aims to provide an opportunity of investigating a selected problem/problems (including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography).

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus content will depend on what topic the student chooses.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion961:0096:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading491:0049:0025% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Introduction Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study491:0049:0025% of Activity independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Tutorials provide in-depth feedback and offer an opportunity for some one-to-one discussion.
In the tutorial(s) the student may discuss possible topics and receive advice about them and their suitability and obtain some feedback.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A100One essay of 4,000 words, including notes but excluding bibliography
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

No variation of deadline will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence.

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

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. Where an exam is present, an alternative form of assessment will be set and where coursework is present, an alternative deadline will be set. Details of the alternative assessment will be provided by the module leader.

Reading Lists