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Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:35

Course Overview

The undergraduate dissertation is the final-year major research undertaking, based on primary and secondary material and providing a critical analysis of a specific subject chosen by the student. It is obligatory for Single Honours students, whereas Joint Honours students choose to write their dissertation in either of the two subjects. After initial sessions about the nature of the dissertation and research approaches, students develop a topic with the help of a member of staff, who will also supervise their project throughout. For further information please see course guide.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Kirsteen MacKenzie

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • History (HI) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

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

Students will
  1. frame an original and significant research question and to address it
  2. identify relevant primary and secondary materials and to make appropriate use of them
  3. criticise and evaluate such primary and secondary materials
  4. identify and present the key issues raised by your research
  5. offer a clear argument with coherent organisation and presentation of relevant facts and development of ideas.

Further Information & Notes

This course is only available to students with a degree intention in History (single or joint honours). It is not available as a Disciplinary breadth option.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: dissertation, 10,000-12,000 words (100%).

Resit: Normally, there is no resit available at level 4.

Formative Assessment

Students will submit

  1. a bibliography
  2. an extended outline to prepare their dissertation.


Markers will provide timeous and individual feedback to students on all assignments. They will inform students of their individual dissertation CAS marks.

Course Learning Outcomes


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