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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

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. 

Course Details

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

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • History (HI) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate 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

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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MA Anthropology-History
  • MA Archaeology-History
  • MA Business Management - History
  • MA Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies - History
  • MA Divinity-History
  • MA Economics-History
  • MA English-History
  • MA Entrepreneurship-History
  • MA Film & Visual Culture-History
  • MA French-History
  • MA French-History (Mode B)
  • MA Gaelic Studies-History
  • MA Geography-History
  • MA German-History
  • MA German-History (Mode B)
  • MA Hispanic Studies-History
  • MA Hispanic Studies-History (Mode B)
  • MA History
  • MA History with Music Studies
  • MA History-History of Art
  • MA History-International Relations
  • MA History-Legal Studies
  • MA History-Literature in a World Context
  • MA History-Management Studies
  • MA History-Mathematics
  • MA History-Philosophy
  • MA History-Politics
  • MA History-Religious Studies
  • MA History-Sociology
  • Master Of Arts In History - Theology And Religious Studies
  • Master Of Arts In History-Spanish And Latin American Studies

Contact Teaching Time

2 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


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.

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