Dissertation in Economic or Social History

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Oliver Volckart


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. This course consists of two lectures, the first in week 1 of MT and the second in week 1 of LT. All students also participate in an intensive workshop in week 7 of MT. This provides the opportunity for students to present their dissertation ideas and receive feedback from their peers.


Dissertation (90%, 10000 words) and dissertation draft (5%) in the LT.
Proposal (5%) in the MT.

The dissertation must not exceed 10,000 words in length. After being marked, the dissertation will not be returned to the candidate.

Key facts

Department: Economic History

Total students 2020/21: 62

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Capped 2020/21: 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