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Course Overview

This course consists of a mixture of two-hour group seminars and shorter one-to-one supervision with the member of staff best equipped to advise you on your dissertation topic. It will involve detailed discussion of your research ideas and planning with the aim of providing the fullest preparation for researching and writing the dissertation in the summer and research beyond. Fundamental to the success of the course are mutual feedback and support within the student group. Download course guide

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Anthony Heywood

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will provide students will an introduction to, overview of, and engagement with, the key skills necessary to conduct historical research at a graduate level. In particular the course will focus on certain specific issues especially relevant for writing generally and dissertation preparation specifically: core expectations for a level 5 dissertation; formulation of the research question; assessments of the relevant literature and methodological issues; planning of the dissertation research and writing.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Master of Letters in Irish and Scottish History
  • Master of Letters in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • Master of Letters in Modern History
  • Master of Letters in Scandinavian Studies (Viking & Medieval Studies)

Contact Teaching Time

20 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Continuous Assessment (100 %): 1x dissertation review 600 words (15%) 1 x initial topic proposal 600 words (15%) 1 x literature and methodological review 1500 words (40%) 1 x final outline of proposed dissertation 1000 words (30%)

Formative Assessment




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