This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Gagan Sood


This course is compulsory on the BA in History. This course is available on the BSc in Government and History and BSc in International Relations and History. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

Course content

A thesis of not more than 10,000 words on a topic to be approved by the candidate's teachers. It is designed to allow a detailed and thorough exploration of an area of interest to the candidate. The thesis should be on a topic within the field of the degree course. It should include the examination of primary sources, printed or in manuscript form.


1 hour of workshops in the MT. 3 hours of workshops in the LT.

Candidates should secure the agreement of a supervisor in the department (who need not be their personal tutor) on a suitable topic before the end of the LT of their second year, and submit a title to the Undergraduate Programme Administrator by Wednesday, ST week 2 in their second year. Supervisors can be expected to offer advice on reading, guidance on the construction of the work, and will read an outline of up to 1,000 words.


Dissertation (100%) in the ST.

The thesis must be submitted to the Departmental Office by the published deadline in week 1 of the ST in the student's third year. It should be typewritten. Precise details on length, format, presentation and deadline will be issued by the Department at the end of the second year of study. Candidates may be called for an oral examination if the Examiners wish to satisfy themselves that the thesis is the candidate's own work.

Key facts

Department: International History

Total students 2012/13: 54

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills