Dissertation in Global History

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Tirthankar Roy SAR 616


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

Students following MSc Global History may, with the permission of their academic adviser, request to take this full-unit dissertation course in place of EH479.  Requests must be received, and approved, by the Friday of Week 5 of Michaelmas Term.

Course content

The dissertation should be an empirical study using primary source material to write on a topic in global history. The topic should relate broadly to one of the global history courses taken by the student.

Selection of title

The title must be approved by the student's supervisor. A provisional title should be agreed by mid-LT.

Arrangements for supervision

EH481 Economic Change in Global History: Approaches and Analysis 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 (in the form of a document) 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.


8 hours of lectures in the MT. 8 hours of lectures in the LT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

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.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) post-summer term.

The dissertation should be no longer than 10,000 words, excluding tables, references and bibliography. The title must be approved in advance by the student's supervisor. 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: 8

Average class size 2015/16: Unavailable

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: One 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