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Course Overview

A directed reading course for taught postgraduate (PGT) students in History who wish to pursue a particular line of scholarly inquiry supportive of an existing taught postgraduate programme but not otherwise available on existing PGT courses. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Karin Friedrich

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

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 is intended for PGT students enrolled on the MLitt in Modern History, the MLitt in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the MLitt in Scandinavian Studies who do not find HI502K (Special Subject) suitable.  With the agreement of the degree co-ordinator, the student may be enrolled on this course to pursue an agreed subject of sustained study with a member of staff. The student will be given an agreed reading list, will meet their supervisor regularly to discuss the reading, and will be assessed by means of an extended essay. The learning outcomes and assessment regime will be equivalent to HI502K. 

This course aims to allow a student to do in-depth study in a specific area in History agreed upon with the course coordinator and is specifically designed to provide an opportunity for students to define and explore a short research topic that is not readily available in other taught modules.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

2500 words annotated bibliography (20%)

4000 words essay (80%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionCreateInvestigate and respond to a particular problem in a field of History by critical use of primary and secondary material.
ProceduralCreateDemonstrate an ability to pursue independent analysis on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with a member of staff

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