This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Antony Best SAR 3.14


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 dissertation of not more than 10,000 words on a topic to be approved by the candidate's supervisor. It is designed to allow a detailed and thorough exploration of a topic of interest to the candidate. The topic should fall within the parameters of the degree course. It should include the examination of primary sources, in printed, manuscript and/or digital form.


1 hour of workshops in the MT. 2 hours of workshops in the LT.

Candidates should secure in the course of the LT of their second year the agreement of a member of academic staff in the Department of International History (who need not be their advisor or tutor) to supervise a suitable topic, and then submit a title to the Undergraduate Programmes Administrator by published deadline. Supervisors can be expected to offer advice on the scholarly literature, guidance on research and writing, and detailed comments on a sample of up to 3000 words.


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

The dissertation must be submitted to the Undergraduate Programmes Administrator by the published deadline in Week 1 of 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 through the workshops and Moodle. Candidates may be called for an oral examination if the Examiners wish to satisfy themselves that the dissertation is the candidate's own work.

Key facts

Department: International History

Total students 2016/17: 82

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Capped 2016/17: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

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