Dissertation in Economic or Social History

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Peter Sims, SAR.6.15


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Economic History, BSc in Economic History with Economics and BSc in Economics and Economic History. This course is available on the BSc in Economics with Economic History. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

Course content

The subject of the dissertation should relate broadly to one of the economic history courses that have been chosen.  The compulsory seminars cover the formulation of the thesis question; primary and secondary sources; analysis of evidence; and structuring and writing up the thesis.

There will be no seminars in Week 6 of MT and LT, due to Reading Week.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in the LT.

The dissertation must not exceed 10,000 words in length. After being marked, the dissertation will not be returned to the candidate. The title of the dissertation should be approved by the candidate's supervisor early in MT and a title form signed by the supervisor must be submitted to the course organiser by mid-October.

Key facts

Department: Economic History

Total students 2016/17: 58

Average class size 2016/17: 31

Capped 2016/17: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

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