Dissertation in Historical Economic Geography

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Oliver Volckart


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Economic History and Geography. 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 core or optional courses on the BSc Economic History and Geography programme. It must address a topic in historical economic geography.

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 coursework (5%) in the LT.
Coursework (5%) in the MT.

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.

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Economic History

Total students 2020/21: 6

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Capped 2020/21: No

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

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