Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 3 x 2 hour lectures in Semester 1
Seminars / Tutorials 1 x 2 hour workshop, 1x 30 minute tutorial.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion


The Dissertation is an essential core element in the single honours programmes in the Department. It enables students to develop independent research skills, building on their previous learning experience within the Department. This module will guide students through the preparation, planning and writing of such an extended piece of historical writing.

Brief description

The first semester of this module provides students with a foundation for the planning and researching of their undergraduate dissertation. During the first semester, students will choose and define their topic, with the guidance of staff members, so that an individual supervisor may be allocated to them. Lectures and workshops will discuss the problems of selecting and refining a subject for study and of locating sources and producing bibliographies. After the end of Session 4, a supervisor will be designated for each student and the remaining sessions in the first semester will take the form of small group meetings with supervisors. Thereafter, students will receive individual supervision meetings as they proceed with the research and writing of the 12,000 dissertation.


Semester 1
Session 1: Introduction to writing a dissertation (2 hours)
Session 2: Information technology and skills (2 hours)
Session 3: Sources and Research (2 hours)
Session 4: Defining the Topic: a workshop for students to discuss their ideas, in consultation with members of staff (2 hours)
Session 5: Individual meeting with designated supervisor (30 minutes)
Session 6: Sources (2 hours)
Session 7: Historigraphical Matters (2 hours)
Session 8: Planning (2 hours)

Semester 2
2 x 2 hour group sessions, one in Week 2 and one in Week 8, as well as individual meetings with supervisor


This module is at CQFW Level 6