EH479      Half Unit
Dissertation in Global History

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Tirthankar Roy SAR 616


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Global History. This course is available on the MA Global Studies: A European Perspective. This course is not available as an outside option.

This course is the default dissertation option for students following the MSc Global History.  Students wishing to write a full-unit (10,000 word) dissertation may, with the approval of their academic adviser, request to take EH480 and fewer optional courses.

Course content

The subject of the dissertation should relate broadly to one of the global history taught courses taken by the student. It should be a critical survey of a well-defined problem in the literature. It must demonstrate adequate knowledge of appropriate literature in Global History and an ability to handle problems of evidence and explanation. The title must be approved by the student's supervisor. A provisional title should be agreed by mid-LT.

Arrangements for supervision:

EH481 gives essential training for the dissertation. Starting in the first term, students will receive advice on the choice of topic and how to tackle it, both from the Department and, individually, from their tutor and from the teacher of the most relevant taught course. There will be meetings during the course of the year. The student must submit a one page summary and draft work for comment by the end of the Summer Term. Supervisors will not normally provide comments on drafts submitted after that date.


8 hours of lectures in the MT.


Dissertation (100%, 6000 words) post-summer term.

The dissertation should be no longer than 6,000 words, excluding tables, references and bibliography. Marks will be deducted for late submission or excessive length.

Teachers' comment

Survey questions on feedback to students may be non-informative because assessed work comes later in the term than the survey.

Key facts

Department: Economic History

Total students 2015/16: 2

Average class size 2015/16: Unavailable

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills