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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST50190: Dissertation for MA in Medieval History

Department: History

HIST50190: Dissertation for MA in Medieval History

Type Open Level 4 Credits 90 Availability Available in 2007/08


  • Historical Methods and Interpretation (HIST50130), two further postgraduate modules (totalling 60 credits), at least one of which must be chosen from those available on the list of modules for the MA in Medieval History. The other may have been chosed from that list; or, one may be taken (with the approval of the Director of the MA in Medieval History) from those offered by other MAs in the Department of History, or from amongst those offered by another Board of Studies in the University.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • No other modules may be taken in conjunction with this one.


  • To advance student skills in historical analysis and writing relevant to their field of study by facilitating the completion of a dissertation on an approved subject that is based on extensive secondary reading and some use of primary source maerial.


  • The dissertation will involve the detailed study of a particular historical problem which will be determined by the student and the supervisor under the direction of the Management Committee of the MA in Medieval History.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
      Key Skills:

        Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Tutorials 5 Fortnightly 1.5 hours 10
        Other: Unscheduled meeting as requested by the student Variable Variable Variable
        Preparation and Reading 890
        Total 900

        Summative Assessment

        Component: Dissertation Component Weighting: 100%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Dissertation 20000 words 100%

        Formative Assessment:

        Discussion on work in progress

        Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University