Dissertation: MSc Economic History

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Tirthankar Roy SAR 616


This course is available on the MSc in Economic History. This course is not available as an outside option.

Students following MSc Economic History may, with the permission of their academic adviser, request to take this full-unit dissertation course in place of EH498.  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 of economic history. The topic should relate broadly to one of the economic history courses taken.

Selection of title

The title must be approved by the student's tutor.


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

EH401 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. Students must submit a draft for comment by the end of the Summer Term.

Formative coursework

Students must submit a draft for comment by the end of the Summer Term.


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

The dissertation should not exceed 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. The dissertation will not be returned to the student, who should therefore make a copy before submission.

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: 27

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